Diplomats from Poland, other countries honour man killed in Minsk protests

"We are here together to show solidarity with those who have suffered and to recall what our governments say, demanding that violence be stopped, prisoners released and dialogue with society started," said Polish Ambassador to Belarus Artur Michalski after laying flowers. Justyna Prus-Wojciechowska/PAP

Ambassadors of Poland, EU member states, the USA, Great Britain, Japan and Switzerland laid flowers on Thursday at the site near the Pushkin Metro Station in Minsk where a protester was killed on Tuesday.

"We are here together to show solidarity with those who have suffered and to recall what our governments say, demanding that violence be stopped, prisoners released and dialogue with society started," said Polish Ambassador to Belarus Artur Michalski after laying flowers.

Thousands of people who gathered there chanted "Spasibo, Dziakuj, Thank You" for this international gesture of solidarity with Belarus demonstrators.

Belarus security forces have clashed with protesters for three consecutive nights after Aleksander Lukashenko claimed a contested re-election victory in a Sunday vote. Police have detained thousands of people.

Thousands of people took to the streets throughout Minsk on Thursday, holding flowers in their hands in a peaceful protest.