At the session of the UN General Assembly, French President Emmanuelle Macron urged the Belarusian authorities to conduct a dialogue with their people, while stressing the inadmissibility of foreign intervention in the situation.
“The situation in Belarus carries the risk of a new rift on our continent. The courage of the Belarusian people is admired by all. Its aspirations must be heard, and we are close to it (by the Belarusian people – ed.). Political national dialogue should be organized and any foreign interference should be avoided,” Macron said in his speech at the UN General Assembly.
For the first time, a high-level week of the UN General Assembly session is held in a semi-virtual format. The leaders’ speeches are being recorded because of concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic. Postponements of the states at the headquarters have the right to make live voice statements on behalf of their leaders and anticipate their speeches with the opening speech.
Mass opposition protests started across Belarus on August 9, after the presidential election, which was won by incumbent Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the vote. During the first days of the protests, the law enforcers suppressed the protesters, who disagreed with the results, using tear gas, light-noise grenades, water cannons, and rubber bullets. According to official data, over 6.7 thousand people were detained during the first days. As the Interior Ministry reported then, hundreds of people were injured in the riots, including more than 130 law enforcement officers. The rallies are held during the month following the elections, both on weekdays and at weekends. At the same time, supporters of Lukashenko are also holding events to support him.