Belarus police say firearms used on protesters in southern city, one wounded

The interior ministry in Belarus said police in the southwestern city of Brest used firearms on Tuesday against a group of protesters and that one was wounded.

Protests erupted hours after Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko was awarded victory in Sunday's presidential vote.

"A group of aggressive citizens with metal rods in their hands attacked police employees in Brest," spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Firearms were used to protect the lives and health of the employees," she said, adding that "one of the attackers" was wounded.

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