Belarusian police to start using firearms against demonstrators
As Anti-Lukashenko protests have grown Belarus authorities warned they might use firearms against protesters.
Belarusian police on Monday claims that opposition demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko were becoming more radicalized.
The police are facing “not only aggression but groups of militants, anarchists, football fans,” deputy Interior Minister Gennady Kazakevich said in a video message posted on Monday.
“Law enforcement officers and internal troops will not leave the streets and will use riot control equipment and lethal weapons if need be”
“This has nothing to do with civil protest,” Kazakevich added.
So far, the police have acknowledged using riot control equipment such as water cannons, rubber bullets, and stun grenades to disperse the protesters.
But many believe at least one rally participant, Alexander Taraikovsky, was shot in the chest by the police in August.
The authorities claimed Taraikovsky died because an explosive device he wanted to throw at the police exploded in his hand during clashes in Minsk. Separately, an Interior Ministry official posted online that police fired live rounds at protesters during an August rally in the city of Brest, but later edited the message.
Worthy to mention, Belarusian police, o Sunday, used more force than any time since August.