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EU condemns violence in Belarus, calls for release of all detainees

Source : 112 Ukraine

The EU believes that the Belarusian authorities must ensure respect for the fundamental right to peaceful assembly
18:19, 10 August 2020

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The European Union condemned the violence during the protests in Belarus and called on the authorities to immediately release all those detained last night. This is stated in a joint statement by EU Vice President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varcheli on the official website of the EU.

“The election night was marred with disproportionate and unacceptable state violence against peaceful protesters. This reportedly resulted in the loss of life of one citizen and many others have been injured. We condemn the violence and call for the immediate release of all detained during last night. The Belarusian authorities must ensure that the fundamental right of peaceful assembly is respected," the message says.

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Also, the EU called for an honest vote count, which voters cast in the presidential elections.

“It is important for the Central Election Commission to publish the results reflecting the choice of the Belarusian people. Only the observance of human rights, democracy, and free and fair elections guarantees stability and sovereignty in Belarus,” the EU high-ranking officials said in a statement.

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