Belarus election was not free and fair, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S. August 5, 2020. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is deeply concerned about the conduct of the presidential election in Belarus “which was not free and fair,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

“We strongly condemn ongoing violence against protesters and the detention of opposition supporters, as well as the use of internet shutdowns to hinder the ability of the Belarusian people to share information about the election and the demonstrations,” Pompeo added in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Sandra Maler