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Belarusian opposition demands urgent meetings with law enforcers

Source : 112 Ukraine

The protesters demand to stop political persecutions of rally members, to release political prisoners and to recognize results of presidential election null and void
22:43, 20 August 2020

Huge crowds in central Minsk demand the resignation of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. August 16, 2020
Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

The Coordination Council of Belarusian opposition filed appeals to law enforcement agenices. They demand urgent meetings with Prosecutor General's Office, Investigation Committee, Interior Ministry and the KGB. Press office of the Coordination Council reported that on August 20.

The Council states that the meeting is necessary to discuss the demands of Belarusian citizens who joined the protests. According to the resolution, the Council pushes forward three demands: to stop political persecutions of rally members, to release political prisoners and to recognize results of presidential election null and void. 

The document also stipulates that new election must be held, as long as international standards and requirements are observed, and the Central Election Committee members are re-elected.

Recently, EU leaders rejected Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko's re-election and announced more sanctions against those involved in the violent crackdown of peaceful protests.

Related: Criminal case opened due to creation of Coordination council by Belarusian opposition

At an emergency summit on Wednesday (19 August), EU leaders called for dialogue and for a peaceful transition of power, pledged money to Belarus civil society and independent media, and warned of Russian meddling in the country's affairs.

However, leaders did not call for fresh elections, after Lukashenko claimed he had won 80 percent of the votes in the 9 August poll, which the opposition says was rigged.

"Belarus must find its own path, that must happen via dialogue in the country and there must be no intervention from outside," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after the video conference of leaders.

Related: EU leaders reject Belarus election result, urge dialogue

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