Czechia denies organizing protests in Belarus and supplying them with flash-grenades

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Prague Every day Monitor |

11 August 2020

The Czech Overseas Minister, Tomáš Petříček, denied on Monday that Czechia organized the continued protests in Belarus after the Belarusian president accused the country of fomenting dissent amid a disputed election, Lidovky.cz reported. Petříček said that Lukashenko has introduced no evidence of interference, although he stated that Czechia’s basic coverage was to help an unbiased civil society within the nation. The assertion comes amid the onset of opposition protests after the weekend election was rocked by accusations of voting irregularities.

Petříček additionally denied that Czech-exported flash grenades used towards protestors have been exported by Czechia. In line with a photograph on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, a Czech flash-bang produced in 2012 was used towards peaceful protestors, as reported by iDnes. Czechia has maintained its participation within the EU embargo of arms on Belarus as of 2011.

In a tweet reply, Petříček additional defined:

“Sadly, there are different ways how this material might find yourself getting used to suppress the demonstrations - black market or previous production (before 2011) amongst them.”

Jiří Hynek, the President of the Association of the Protection and Safety Business of the Czech Republic, also denies that Czechia exported the flash-bang grenade to the Belarusian government.

“I seemed on the statistics and, so far as I do know, nothing like that was exported from us to Belarus,” he stated to iDnes.

Petříček further criticized the Belarusian authorities on Twitter, stating that “We think about it unacceptable that numerous individuals have been detained earlier than the vote in connection with the election campaigning and exercising of the best of meeting,” and referred to as on the federal government to “stop punishing its residents for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights.”

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