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EU stands with Belarusian people, - Borrell

Source : 112 Ukraine

The chief EU diplomat said protesters were "demonstrating peacefully, demanding release of political prisoners, prosecution of those responsible for police brutality"
08:45, 17 August 2020

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs
AP

The EU reacted to large-scale protests in Belarus on Sunday, showing its support for the Belarusian people. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy posted this on Twitter.

"Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians were out today demonstrating peacefully, demanding release of political prisoners, prosecution of those responsible for police brutality, and real elections. The EU stands by the Belarusian people", reads the post.

The protests in Belarus have been going on for a week now. The government attempted to disperse the activists, resorting to brute force, which only increased protest mood of common citizens. Large enterprises and residents of cities unite, gather in live chains to show their disapproval and refusal to recognize the results of recent presidential election in Belarus.

Related: Ukrainian delegation initiates Belarusian Declaration in PACE

According to the Central Election Committee, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1 percent of votes, and his key rival Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya collected 10.1 percent. The latter departed to Lithuania, fearing for the lives of her family; she also claimed she created a council working on a peaceful transfer of power in Belarus.

Commenting on the situation, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry noted that the officially published results of presidential election in Belarus do not gain any trust in the Belarusian society.

Related: Protesters in Belarus demand Lukashenko's resignation and release of all previously detained

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