Belarus claims diplomat hurt in 'attack' on London embassy

AP , Monday 20 Dec 2021

The government of Belarus said Monday that it summoned a British diplomat in protest after its embassy in London was ‘attacked’ and a diplomat injured.

Migrants from Middle East in Belarus - Poland border
File Photo: Members of a Kurdish family from Dohuk in Iraq are seen in a forest near the Polish-Belarus border while waiting for the border guard patrol, near Narewka, Poland, on November 9, 2021. AFP

The Belarus Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a group of people smeared the facade of the embassy building and then physically assaulted Belarusian diplomats who arrived at the scene. It added that one of the diplomats ``sustained serious injuries requiring urgent medical assistance'' and was diagnosed with a broken nose, a concussion and a broken tooth.

The government said it had summoned a British envoy in Minsk to make a formal protest and demand that those responsible be brought to justice.

Posts on social media show a small demonstration outside the Belarusian Embassy on Sunday. London's Metropolitan Police force had no immediate information on the alleged incident.

Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has unleashed a sweeping crackdown on protesters, journalists and civil society groups since he was reelected in an August 2020 presidential election that the opposition and the West rejected as rigged.

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