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Japan urges Belarus to stop violence against protesters

Protesters with posters reading
Protesters with posters reading "Stop the violence" gather in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko repeatedly rejected demands to step down and bristled at the idea of talks with the opposition, denouncing the coordination council on Tuesday as "an attempt to seize power" in the country. (AP)
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20 Aug 2020 12:08:43 GMT9
20 Aug 2020 12:08:43 GMT9

TOKYO: Japan urged Belarus on Wednesday to stop violence against protesters over the result of the Aug. 9 presidential election.

Belarus authorities should “immediately cease acts of violence and arbitrary detention of participants of peaceful protests, as well as alleged ill-treatment of those who have been detained,” Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Tomoyuki Yoshida said in a statement.

Tokyo hopes that the stability and development of Belarus “can be ensured in a manner which reflects the collective will of the Belarussian people and respects the principles of the rule of law and democracy,” Yoshida said.

JIJI Press

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