Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives Eliot Engel and Republican leader of the committee, Congressman Michael McCall, in connection with the unrest that broke out in Belarus after the presidential elections, called on the Belarusian authorities to put an end to “senseless acts of violence.”
“We are deeply alarmed by the brutal arrests and dispersal of peaceful protesters, democratic activists, and journalists by the Belarusian authorities, both in military uniform and in civilian clothes. Instead of elections that were rigged from the very beginning, the Belarusian people deserve to elect their representatives. and to exercise our fundamental rights without fear and violence, ”said Engel and McCall in a statement.
“We support those who bravely risk their security in pursuit of a free and democratic society, and we call on President Alexander Lukashenko to put an end to these senseless acts of violence,” the congressmen stressed.
On Sunday, presidential elections were held in Belarus. According to the CEC, Lukashenko is gaining 80.08%, followed by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya with 10.09%. At the same time, the headquarters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that they do not recognize the results of the CEC, noting that data from polling stations in all regions of the republic show that she scored 70-80%.
On Sunday evening, mass unauthorized protests began in several cities of Belarus. Protesters in the center of Minsk erected barricades from garbage cans. Police fired tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades against them, and pushed protesters out of the city center.