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Canada says it is deeply concerned by violence after Belarus elections

Belarusian law enforcement officers detain men during a rally of opposition supporters following the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus August 10, 2020. The opposition rejected official election results handing President Alexander Lukashenko a landslide re-election victory. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is “deeply concerned” by a police crackdown after a presidential election in Belarus and wants the government to show restraint, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Monday.

In a statement, Champagne said actions by the authorities had “further eroded the democratic legitimacy of the vote” and called for the results of Sunday’s election “to reflect the will of the people.”

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chris Reese