The US believes that the elections in Belarus were not fair, Washington and Warsaw support the Belarusian people, their true expression of will, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.
“The elections were not free and were not fair. Today we discussed a common goal – to support the Belarusian people in their desire to gain sovereignty and freedom. These people who go out to protests, they seek to defend their right to choose,” he said at a joint press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputovich.
Mass protest actions began throughout Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, which were won by the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he gained 80.1% of the vote. Unauthorized actions have continued since Sunday, but they are suppressed by the security forces. Law enforcement officers use tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and rubber bullets against the protesters.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, as a result of the riots from August 9 to 13, 121 police officers were injured, and the investigating authorities initiated over 90 criminal cases. More than 6.7 thousand participants in unauthorized actions were detained. One protester, according to the Interior Ministry, died while trying to throw an improvised explosive device at the police.