A street brawl during protests in Belarus took another life, and the EU considers ways to slam Alexander Lukashenka's regime via sanctions. Leader of Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya backs this option, claiming that serious economic restrictions could be a such a way.
According to Reuters,"Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to Vilnius in Lithuania after the vote which she says she won, urged the European Union to move towards “targeted financial sanctions against people and individuals who are in the pockets of Lukashenko.”
“Only economical pressure will make this regime step away because they will not have money to pay for riot police and their crimes,” she said as quoted by the news agency while visiting Stockholm on November 17.
The leader of protesters claimed they still cling up to the idea of non-violent resistance. “Our protest movement is principally peaceful, and we don’t want to answer violence with violence”, Tsikhanouskaya stressed.
In response to her call to boost the sanctions, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics claimed that the Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia would soon expand the current sanctions.