German MFA calls upon Lukashenko to report whereabouts of missing oppositionist Kalesnikova

Source : 112 Ukraine

Heiko Maas noted that Germany was working with other EU countries on a package of sanctions against Minsk
14:22, 8 September 2020

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urges the Belarusian leadership to report the whereabouts of the missing oppositionist Maria Kalesnikova and release her. This was stated by Maas in an interview with the German newspaper Bild.

"We are very concerned about Ms. Kalesnikova. We demand clarity on the whereabouts and release of all political prisoners in Belarus. Continuous arrests and repressions, in particular - on members of the Coordination Council, are unacceptable," Maas stated.

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He called on Minsk to immediately release Kalesnikova, the last opposition leader to remain in Belarus.

Maas noted that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko had only intensified repression activities despite repeated calls for dialogue with all national forces.

As we reported earlier, about 31,000 people took part in Sunday protests in Belarus, 633 people were detained.

"In total, 633 people were detained yesterday for violating the legislation on mass events in the republic. Before the consideration of administrative offenses in court, 363 people are being held in places of detention," the message says.

Related: Ukrainian MFA offers assistance to Belarus in overcoming political crisis


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