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Belarus will release all detained protesters

the Authorities in Belarus will on the Friday morning release all those arrested during the demonstrations in the country this week.

This was stated by deputy interior minister Aleksandr Barsukov to the journalists in front of a detention centre in the capital Minsk on the night of Friday.

- We release all at 06.00, says Barsukov, according to news agency Reuters.

Since the country's longtime president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Sunday was re-elected, thousands of people participated in protests. They accuse mr Lukashenko to have tampered with the vote count.

About 6700 persons have been detained in the course of the week, the interior ministry informed.

on Thursday reported a prominent parliamentarian, according to the news agency AFP that over 1000 of the detainees had been released in the course of the day.

the Information is not confirmed by independent sources.

President Lukashenko was at the same time, have ordered a 'thorough' investigation of all the arrests during the demonstrations.

the Opposition in Belarus and its supporters accuse Lukashenko of electoral fraud.

He was, according to the official result re-elected to a second term in office with over 80 percent of the votes, while the opposition's greatest hope, the 37-year-old Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, got about ten percent.

the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned on Wednesday the many arrests.

Thursday attended thousands of belarusians in peaceful protests directed against mr lukashenko's competitor disputed re-election and police violence.

Hundreds have been injured in clashes between the police and the security forces, and at least two people are dead.

Several countries have responded to the events in Belarus. While the EU's foreign ministers at an extraordinary meeting on Friday to discuss possible new sanctions against Belarus, so as to become Lukashenko is supported by Russia.

the foreign Ministry in Moscow claimed Thursday that it has knowledge of 'apparent attempts interference' from abroad, and said that it was 'concerned' over unrest.

Alexander Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994.

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