Detainees have emerged from a notorious detention centre in Belarus giving horrific details of attacks and beatings during days in custody since Sunday’s widely disputed election.
Amid mounting reports of police brutality, Amnesty International said it indicated “widespread torture”.
As EU foreign ministers prepared to meet to consider new sanctions, Belarus promised to free the 6,700 detainees.
Belarus is seeing a sixth day of protests since its presidential vote.
Alexander Lukashenko was declared the victor by election authorities, but supporters of the main opposition figure, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, insist she won. The EU and US have condemned the election as neither free nor fair.
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