Polish Foreign Ministry concerned about situation in Belarus

The Polish Foreign Ministry has expressed deep concern over the brutal crackdown on post-election protests in Belarus, and underlined that the tough response of uniformed services, the use of force towards peaceful protesters and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable.

"The Polish Foreign Ministry has also appealed to the Belarusian authorities to stop actions escalating the situation and start respecting fundamental human rights," reads a statement of the ministry's spokesman published on the website on Monday.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won re-election with 80 percent of the vote at the country's presidential election, the Central Election Commission said on Monday, citing preliminary results. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who emerged as Lukashenko's main rival at the elections on Sunday, won 9.9 percent of the vote, the election commission said.