Belarus Police to be allowed to use combat weapons if needed, says Interior Ministry

In the wake of the ongoing clashes between the security forces and protesters who want the incumbent President to quit from the post after a contested August 9 election, the Interior Ministry of Belarus has allowed the country’s police to use combat weapons in the streets if needed.

“The protests, which have shifted largely to Minsk, have become organized and extremely radical. In this regard, the Interior Ministry’s employees and internal troops will not leave the streets and, if necessary, will use special equipment and military weapons,” said the country’s Interior Ministry in a statement. Adding further it said that the police had used flare guns and tear gas to disperse an unauthorized rally of the protestors on October 11, with more than 700 reportedly detained.

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