Sassoli on Belraus: Stop the violence 

 

Statement of the President of the European Parliament

"The European Parliament has been closely following the presidential elections in Belarus. I am deeply concerned by the violence used by the state authorities against people peacefully demonstrating their desire for change. The Belarusians have a right to protest and express their anger against the contested results of the elections and the intransparent electoral process, which did not comply with minimum international standards.

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."