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Police Open Fire on Protesters, Detain over 1,000 Overnight

Police Open Fire on Protesters, Detain over 1,000 Overnight

Belarus police opened fire on protesters and detained over 1,000 people overnight Tuesday, the third night of unrest over accusations of electoral fraud in the country’s presidential race.

Police opened fire on protesters in the city of Brest — a southwestern city on the Polish border — on Tuesday night, injuring one person, the Belarusian interior ministry said in statements on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, police detained more than 1,000 people during Tuesday night’s protests.

Belarusian authorities say they have opened seventeen criminal cases following alleged attacks on law enforcement by protesters.

On Wednesday, the Belarusian interior ministry said over 6,000 people had been detained over the past three days of unrest.

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