EU to Sanction Belarus Over Falsified Election Results

The European Union has said it considers the Belarusian presidential election results “falsified,” and has refused to accept the outcome.

During a video conference convened by EU Vice President Josep Borrell on Friday, foreign ministers from the bloc spoke about sanctioning Belarus, and ways that the EU could support the Belarusian people.

The bloc said it “considers the results to have been falsified and therefore does not accept the results of the election as presented by the Belarus Central Election Commission.”

The EUs response to the election came as Belarusians protested against the results, which the opposition said were rigged.

Police have dispersed protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, water cannons, and rubber bullets and beat them with truncheons. Black-uniformed officers chased protesters into residential buildings and deliberately targeted journalists, beating many and breaking their cameras.

Belarus Police Brutality
Belarus Police Brutality
A protester holds an old Belarusian national flag as he stands in front of police during a demonstration against the disputed presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 9, 2020. (Sergei Grits/AP Photo)

About 7,000 people were detained during the protests, and at least 2,000 have been released since Friday, many of whom told of being struck repeatedly with truncheons, being threatened with gang rape, and held amid harsh conditions and overcrowded cells.

European Union foreign ministers condemned the Belarusian authorities over “the disproportionate and unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters” and “shocking reports of inhumane treatment and detention conditions.”

The EU called for a “thorough and transparent investigation into all alleged abuses, in order to hold those responsible to account.”

The EU will also immediately start working on adding to its sanctions list “those responsible for violence, repression, and the falsification of election results” in Belarus, and drafting a pRead More – Source