Belarus protesters have been filmed fighting back against secret service operators, believed to be part of Russia’s KGB. Widespread rallies and demonstrations have been cropping up across the eastern European country following the election. The vote is widely believed to have been rigged in favour of longtime leader, President Alexander Lukashenko, with the help of Vladimir Putin.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood tweeted a video, saying: “Incredible footage of the KGB attempting the lift a protester -but the people have other ideas. Tensions are rising.
“The UK does not recognise Lukashenko’s presidency – as the situation escalates the West should think carefully about pre-empting any Russian aggression.”
In the video, plain clothes officers can be seen tackling and apprehending a fleeing protester.
As they attempt to carry him away, a crowd of other demonstrators descends on them, forcing them away.
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Public and political mass events were held in the country.
42 centres of political activity were recorded, according to the Government.
The most active were held in the capital, Minsk.
In total, 32 people were detained throughout the country, pending consideration of cases on administrative violations.
President Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, has said he has no intention of stepping down and denies electoral fraud.
Mr Putin has said he has formed a police reserve force to intervene in Belarus if necessary, although “it won’t be used until the situation gets out of control”.
The UK and other countries have called on Belarus to halt its violent attacks on peaceful protesters.
Britain’s embassy in Minsk condemned “the brutal and disproportionate use of force” by police and the “abuse and humiliation of detainees”.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stated the UK does not accept the results of the Belarusian Presidential elections.