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Exclusive: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko rejects abuse reviews as ‘faux and fantasy’

Watch CNN’s unique interview on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Friday at four p.m. ET.

CNN cited proof from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International of some detainees reporting accidents together with damaged bones and burns, whereas others mentioned they have been pressured to lie bare in filth whereas being assaulted.

Lukashenko responded: “You know, we don’t have a single detention center, as you say, like Guantanamo, or those bases that the United States and your country created in Eastern Europe … As regards our own detention centers, where we keep those accused or those under investigation, they are no worse than in Britain or the United States. I can guarantee you that.”

Lukashenko has been president of Belarus since 1994 and is thought in some circles as “Europe’s last dictator.”

Presidential elections final 12 months have been met with widespread protests throughout the nation from a rising opposition motion. In a crackdown that adopted Lukashenko’s disputed victory, opposition chief Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled the nation, whereas others have been jailed.

US President Joe Biden issued a sweeping government order in August to focus on these in Lukashenko’s regime concerned within the repression of human rights and democracy.

But pressed concerning the reviews of brutality, Lukashenko was dismissive and refused to apologize to Belarusians for the repression they’ve confronted from his authorities.

“Everything that you’ve just said is fake and fantasy,” he mentioned. “I guarantee you it’s fake and fantasy.”

Lukashenko spoke to CNN in a prolonged dialogue on the Palace of Independence within the capital metropolis, Minsk. More of the interview will probably be revealed on Friday.

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