India Belarus: emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers

03:05  14 august  2020
03:05  14 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Belarus: Campaign leader arrested again by opposition candidate Tichanovskaya

 Belarus: Campaign leader arrested again by opposition candidate Tichanovskaya Opposition candidate Svetlana Tichanowskaya will face President Lukashenko on Sunday in Belarus. Your campaign manager will probably still be in prison: she was arrested for the second time. © Sergei Grits / dpa One day before the presidential election in Belarus, the campaign manager of the opposition candidate Svetlana Tichanovskaya was arrested again. Maria Moros is expected to be held until Monday, said a spokeswoman for Tichanowskajas for the AFP news agency.

Sweden's foreign minister said EU foreign ministers would meet on Friday to discuss imposing sanctions on Belarus . Mr Lukashenko won 80% of Sunday's vote, according to election officials, but there were widespread allegations of vote rigging and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said

“The next [ European Council] summit is set for September. The agenda will be determined in due course in the run-up to the meeting ,” a # Belarus . Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, basic human rights must be upheld.” An official EU statement by the EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell

Des ouvriers de célèbres usines d'État biélorusses ont rejoint le mouvement, comme ces employés de la compagnie des chemins de fer. À Minsk, ce jeudi 13 août 2020. © REUTERS / Stringer Workers from famous Belarusian state factories have joined the movement, like those employees of the railway company. In Minsk, this Thursday, August 13, 2020.

The deterioration of the situation in Belarus will be at the heart of an emergency meeting of European diplomats this Friday, August 14. The meeting must first and foremost allow the adoption of a common position on the strategy to be followed to sanction the attitude of President Lukashenko after the electoral fraud and the repression of demonstrations and when the protest is on a scale never seen in the country.

React, and react quickly, "yes" say the 27, but how? Sanctions targeted against personalities who played a role in the electoral fraud or are actors of the repression , several European countries are in favor, Germany in the lead. By sparing the population, however temper the Netherlands.

A Belarusian opposition figure briefly detained on the eve of the presidential election

 A Belarusian opposition figure briefly detained on the eve of the presidential election BELARUS-ELECTION: A Belarusian opposition figure briefly detained on the eve of the presidential election © Reuters / VASILY FEDOSENKO A FIGURE OF THE OPPOSITION BELARUS BRIEFLY HELD ON THE EVE OF PRESIDENTIAL MINSK (Reuters) - Maria Kolesnikova, one of the campaign pillars of the Belarusian opposition presidential candidate, was briefly arrested on Saturday on the eve of the election before being released, announced the team of Svetlana Tikhanouskaïa.

and has announced an emergency meeting of foreign ministers on Friday to discuss Belarus . The Dutch foreign minister , Stefan Blok, said on Tuesday that a reintroduction of sanctions had not The Belarusian foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had “irrefutable” evidence of “interference from

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus is a government agency overseeing emergency services in Belarus . It is responsible for protecting the Belarusian people during natural disasters. It is located on Revaliucyjnaja Street in Minsk.

The European Union is already imposing an arms embargo on Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and targeted sanctions against several politicians. It had lifted a number of other measures in recent years that could be reinstated.

See also: Presidential election in Belarus: concert of critics in Europe after Lukashenko's victory

But the countries bordering Belarus, united around Poland , plead for dialogue. Breaking ties or robbing Minsk means being more directly exposed to Russia, the Baltic States or Finland may fear in particular, which support the idea of ​​a Warsaw mediation between Minsk and the European Union.

The meeting this Friday will not give anything concrete, the videoconference does not allow it. But it allows the European Union to come forward. For decisions, we will have to wait for the physical meeting of ministers at the end of the month.

Presidential election in Belarus: new tensions in Minsk, around 30 arrests

 Presidential election in Belarus: new tensions in Minsk, around 30 arrests © Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters Belarusian security forces arrest demonstrators during an opposition rally following the election presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, August 10, 2020. Belarusian police forcibly dispersed, Monday, for the second night in a row, protests opposing the results of a tense presidential election, which resulted in a sixth term in office. authoritarian outgoing head of state, Alexander Lukanchenko. About thirty people were arrested.

The European Union has said the Belarus presidential election in which President Alexander Lukashenko The foreign ministers of Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Poland on Tuesday jointly called for an EU Lebanon parliament approves Beirut state of emergency , grants military power 3h ago.

The EU ’s foreign minister Josep Borrell has slammed the violence against protesters in the wake of the presidential election in Belarus Furthermore, credible reports of domestic observers show that the electoral process did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State.”

Sanctions, if that is the choice made, will then have to be adopted unanimously by the European Council on September 24 and 25.

For Ronan Hervouet, lecturer in sociology at the University of Bordeaux, the EU must intervene.

The protest does not weaken

The call for a general strike launched on Tuesday has finally had an effect. Workers from famous Belarusian state factories joined the protest movement on Thursday which brings together tens of thousands of people despite the repression of the security forces. In about thirty provincial towns, but also in Minsk where the medical staff or the musicians of the philharmonic went out in the street to form a human chain. It is the entire population in its diversity that is mobilized despite a very brutal repression. A curfew has been put in place and internet access has been cut.

Ronan Hervouet is the author of the book Le gout des tyrans. A Political Ethnography Of The Daily In Belarus, to be published at the end of August by Le Bord de l'eau.

Belarus: death of a demonstrator in Minsk, scene of new clashes

 Belarus: death of a demonstrator in Minsk, scene of new clashes The day after severely repressed anti-government demonstrations after the announcement of the presidential victory of the indestructible Alexander Lukashenko, new clashes broke out this Monday evening in Minsk with the police. According to the police, a protester was killed by his own explosive device during the protests. "One of the protesters tried to throw an explosive device at the police, but this device exploded in his hands," killing him, police said in a statement.

The EU called an emergency meeting to take 'appropriate measures' on Belarus , in a rift between the country and Sweden over human rights following a In Stockholm, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a Twitter comment: "Lukashenko is now throwing all Swedish diplomats out of Belarus .

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has confirmed that EU foreign ministers will "intensely" discuss possible new sanctions on Belarus in the wake of a controversial election and violence against opposition protesters in the eastern European country. Speaking at a press conference alongside his

To read also: Belarus: the streets are not going downhill after the disputed presidential election

Families without news and prisoners beaten

UN human rights experts say they are "scandalized by police violence against demonstrators peaceful and journalists ”. They call on the international community to step up the pressure on the government. To date there are officially 2 dead and nearly 7,000 arrests.

In Jodino, a town of 60,000 inhabitants, 70km from Minsk, the special envoy of the Russian editorial staff of RFI Serguei Dmitriev went to a large prison where families gathered to ask for news of their relatives and where the first released prisoners testify to having been beaten by the police.

The European Union will impose sanctions on Belarus to put an end to the repression .
© Pixabay The European Union will impose sanctions on Belarus to end the repression The European Union is preparing sanctions against Belarus and wants to show its unity against Turkey, in the midst of a standoff over gas in the eastern Mediterranean. While the situation in Belarus (Belarus) worries more and more, the European Union is preparing its weapons ...

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