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Belarus: State philharmonic employees sing in solidarity with detained protesters01:31

Belarus: State philharmonic employees sing in solidarity with detained protesters

Belarus, Minsk
August 13, 2020 at 13:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of employees from the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society sang "O Mighty God!" outside a Minsk concert hall on Thursday in solidarity with the protesters who have been injured and detained in the country following Sunday’s presidential election.

The musicians and others also held up placards with letters spelling out "My voice was stolen".

One of the participants said the philharmonic staff plan to sing as long as there are people who listen to them.

"We do not have organisers, leaders, we don't know how much time we are going to stay here. Ideas came from different working groups", he said.

The mass protests started on Sunday after election officials announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko had won more than 80 percent of the vote.

Two people have lost their lives in the turmoil and at least 6,000 have been detained throughout the country since the election.

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Dozens of employees from the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society sang "O Mighty God!" outside a Minsk concert hall on Thursday in solidarity with the protesters who have been injured and detained in the country following Sunday’s presidential election.

The musicians and others also held up placards with letters spelling out "My voice was stolen".

One of the participants said the philharmonic staff plan to sing as long as there are people who listen to them.

"We do not have organisers, leaders, we don't know how much time we are going to stay here. Ideas came from different working groups", he said.

The mass protests started on Sunday after election officials announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko had won more than 80 percent of the vote.

Two people have lost their lives in the turmoil and at least 6,000 have been detained throughout the country since the election.

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