EU urges Belarusian authorities to release arrested oppositionists

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell says that the EU will impose sanctions on individuals responsible for violence, repression, and falsification of election results
12:16, 8 September 2020

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President Josep Borrell calls upon the Belarusian leadership to release detained opposition leaders and protesters. The relevant statement was published on an official website of the European Union.

"We strongly condemn the unabating arbitrary and unexplained arrests and detentions on political grounds in Belarus that have been taking place since the start of the pre-presidential election campaign. Most recently, Maria Kalesnikova, Andrei Yahorau, Irina Sukhiy, Anton Radniankou, and Ivan Krautsou have all been targeted, while 633 people were detained following Sunday’s peaceful Unity March,” the statement said.

Related: Belarusians hold March of Unity in Minsk and other regions

According to him, the EU expects the Belarusian authorities to ensure the immediate release of all detained on political grounds before and after the falsified presidential elections that took place on August 9.

As we reported earlier, a member of the presidium of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition Maria Kalesnikava was kidnapped in Minsk.

Related: Another 633 protesters arrested during Sunday anti-government rallies, - Belarus MIA

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