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Belarus police will fire on protesters if necessary, says deputy interior minister

Gennady Kazakevich accuses protesters of anarchy and threatens use of ‘lethal weapons’

Security forces in Belarus could fire on protesters if they deem it necessary, a minister has warned, as EU foreign ministers agreed to impose sanctions personally targeting President Alexander Lukashenko.

Gennady Kazakevich, the first deputy interior minister, said in a video statement: “We will not leave the streets, and law enforcement officers and internal troops if necessary will use riot control equipment and lethal weapons.”

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