EU threatens additional Belarus sanctions after protester's death

Source : 112 Ukraine

The 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka, an artist and former soldier, was arrested and died in police custody
08:30, 14 November 2020

A memorial to Raman Bandarenka in Minsk
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The European Union is ready to impose additional sanctions on Belarusian officials over the "outrageous" death of a 31-year-old man died following his detention by the police in the capital, Minsk. It was reported by Deutsche welle.

"Bandarenka’s death is an outrageous and shameful result of the actions by the Belarusian authorities who have not only directly and violently carried out repression of their own population, but also created an environment whereby such lawless, violent acts can take place,” EEAS spokesman Peter Stano said.

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Stano expressed condolences to Bandarenka’s friends and family and added that the EU "stands ready to impose additional sanctions"on Belarusian authorities.

The EU has already placed sanctions on dozens of Belarusian individuals. The latest set of penalties, which also targeted Lukashenko, were approved last week.

Witnesses say that Bandarenka was detained on Wednesday after a scuffle with plain-clothed men who wanted to remove red-white ribbons — symbols of the pro-democracy movement — from a square.

Leading human rights activist Ales Bialiatski said Bandarenka was handed over to the police and brutally beaten. He died in hospital on Thursday.

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Belarusian authorities have denied any responsibility in the protester’s death, saying he died as a result of a fight with other civilians.

"My heart is broken. I want to address the mother of Raman Bandarenka … your son has become an innocent victim of a terrible system. But for us, he will forever be the hero. We will continue fighting for your son and freedom in Belarus," opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya said.

As we reported earlier, on November 12, in the evening, protester Raman Bandarenka, detained by the security forces at Square of Change in Minsk, died. He was 31 years old and was taken to the Emergency Hospital.

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