Foreign diplomats pay homage to man who suffered death in Minsk protests

Heads and representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in Belarus honoured the memory of a deceased protester.

On August 13, diplomats from EU, US, UK, Switzerland, Japan laid flowers at an impromptu memorial at the place where the participant in the peaceful protests died near Pushkinskaya metro station in Minsk.

On Monday evening, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reported the death of a man who was participating in post-election protests in the capital city.

“Today, August 10, around 11 p.m., during the riots in Minsk at Prytytski Street, the crowd was building barricades to block the passage. During the confrontation with special forces, arriving to unblock the square, one of the protesters tried to throw an unidentified explosive device towards law enforcement officers. It exploded in his hand, and the man suffered fatal injuries,” the statement reads.

However, there are numerous reports of the riot police’s using flashbang grenades against protesters; many suggest the man might have died due to their fault.

‘Vile power killed my son’. Detainee’s death reported amid protests in Belarus, photos: Svyatlana Far, /