Belarus protests: 25-year-old man dies in police custody | World news | The Guardian

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Belarus has confirmed that a young man has died in police custody, the second death since mass protests began on Sunday against the country's leader, Alexander Lukashenko.

Opposition members have accused police of attacking protesters with impunity.

Police in Brest said that they had opened fire using live ammunition on protesters who had attacked them with metal clubs.

Opposition supporters have blamed police for his death and found videos that appear to show police opening fire as he collapses in the street.

At a detention centre on the outskirts of the capital, Minsk, desperate families have gathered each morning, begging police for information on relatives who have gone missing at the protests.