Detention of a protester. Minsk, August 10, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

15 August 2020, 08:59

Social network users outraged by apologies of head of Belarusian MIA for detentions

Yuri Karaev, a native of North Ossetia, now the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Belarus, has expressed his regret that "random people" had suffered during the dispersal of protests. Social network users were outraged by Karaev's words and the actions of his subordinates.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that participants in mass protests in Belarus treat the outcomes of the presidential election as rigged; the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote. The protests are harshly suppressed by law enforcers.

The minister has justified the law enforcers' cruel actions. According to Karaev, his subordinates "were performing their duty," as the protesters did not always behave peacefully.

Karaev has added that law enforcers are already releasing detained journalists and bystanders. In his interview with the ONT TV Channel, he also complained that his subordinates are "harassed" in social networks.

Social network users have sharply criticized Karaev's words, pointing out that apologies for the detentions and beating up of "random people" are not enough.

"Why has Karaev found it necessary to say anything about the wildest torture of citizens?" Ivan Avierčanka was indignant on the Instagram.

Karaev is trying to "harm the Belarusians in the least possible way" while suppressing protests, Alan Abaev, the leader of the Ossetian community in Moscow, asserts, as the "Podyom" (Rise) edition writes.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 14, 2020 at 08:06 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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