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Healthcare workers name most common injuries in Belarus protests

14:30, 14 August 2020
Photo: AP/TASS

Belarusian medics have described the most frequent injuries sustained during the protests that followed the country's presidential election.

According to the paramedic of the mobile ambulance team Victoria, who was on duty on the night of August 10, the most common injuries were shrapnel wounds to the arms, legs, chest, neck, face, eyes, non-penetrating wounds with rubber bullets that resulted in fractured ribs, and closed craniocerebral traumas with contused injuries. Moreover, there was a traumatic amputation of the foot, contusion, and panic attacks. A greater part of the victims arrived from Pushkin Square that saw the most violent clashes.

Students of the Belarusian State Medical University and the Minsk State Medical College were mobilized to help the doctors during the rallies. According to one of them, the hospitals were overwhelmed on August 9 and 10, with many admissions having hematomas from batons, internal abdominal hemorrhages, and injuries incurred by rubber bullets.

As a medical worker of the City Clinical Emergency Hospital said, some of the victims sustained serious injuries requiring immediate hospitalization to an intensive care unit.

Most of the severe patients came from temporary detention facilities.

Belarus has been overwhelmed with mass protests since August 9. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest the voting results, which declared current president Alexander Lukashenko the victor of the presidential race. Lukashenko won over 80% of votes, while his main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya garnered around 10%. The protests grew into clashes with militia officers. Some 6,000 people, including journalists from different countries, were detained. reported earlier that Russian journalists were not allowed to the Belarus Interior Ministry's briefing.