Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli demands that Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko stop repressions against protesters and release all participants of rallies across the country. Otherwise, the Parliament could resort to sanctions. The respective statement appeared on the website of the EU authority on August 13.
"I call on President Lukashenko to stop the repression and refrain from further violence. The use of brutal force by the law enforcement services against its own people resulting in death and injuries should have consequences according to international law, including targeted sanctions. I call on Mr Lukashenko to immediately release those who have been detained and stop the violence in the country", he said.
Accordiong to Sassoli, the European Parliament has been closely watching the presidential election in Belarus. He claimed that Belarusians have the right to protest and exoress their discontent in terms of disputed outcome of the election and the non-transparent course of the election.