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6000 detained in Belarus since the disputed elections

About 6,000 people have been detained in Belarus over the past three days in connection with the peaceful protests against Sunday's election results.

It says the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet.

Reports suggest that around 6000 people have been detained in the past three days, including bystanders and minors, she says in a statement.

According to Bachelet, there are many indications that the belarusian police make mass arrests. It is a 'clear violation of international human rights standards', says menneskeretschefen.

Even more disturbing are reports about ill-treatment during and after detention, says Bachelet.

A 25-year-old man, who was arrested on Sunday and sentenced to ten days in jail, death in police custody. It confirms the authorities on Wednesday evening. The cause of death is not immediately informed.

Bachelet condemns the belarusian authorities ' excessive use of violence against demonstrators.

the Police have fired rubber bullets and used water cannons and chokgranater against the protesters, she says.

She recalls that the use of force against protesters is permitted only exceptionally and as a last resort. And only after that there is a distinction is clear between violent people and peaceful protesters.

- People have the right to express themselves and to express disagreement, particularly in the light of an election in which democratic freedoms must be respected, not suppressed, says Bachelet.

She calls on Belarus to release those arrested, and investigate charges that protesters were mistreated.

A Danish photographer from the Telegraph was on Tuesday beaten and kicked by belarusian policemen, writes the newspaper.

foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod (S) announces that he will take the situation in Belarus with its EUROPEAN colleagues on Friday.

Wednesday is the third day in a row, that there are demonstrations against the official results of Sunday's elections.

According to the official results to president Alexander Lukashenko be re-elected with about 80 percent of the vote. His hovedudfordrer, 37-year-old Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, must only have gotten to 9.9 percent.

Tikhanovskaja, who insists that she has won the election, has fled to Lithuania.

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