“This is an outrageous and shameful result of the actions by the Belarusian authorities,” spokesman Peter Stano said of 31-year-old Roman Bondarenko’s death.
Mr Bondarenko, an artist and former soldier, was arrested on Wednesday following a dispute in a Minsk square that has become a regular meeting place for the opposition.
Witnesses said unrest erupted between protesters hanging red-and-white ribbons – the colours of the opposition – and plainclothes police who were removing them.
He was pronounced dead yesterday, triggering a wave of outrage among the Belarusian opposition, who believe Lukashenko’s security forces are ultimately responsible. Continue