Belarus’ Tikhanovskaya urges EU for ‘decisive’ sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime

Your firm and fast position on this matter is very important for #Belarus. pic.twitter.com/adD65OnKAZ
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) November 18, 2020

The opposition leader’s call came a few days after more than 1,000 people were arrested in Belarus, during demonstrations calling for Lukashenko to step down. EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gives press statement after her meeting with Latvian president in Riga, Latvia, 13 November 2020. Tikhanovskaya will meet with Latvian officials and remotely participate in the annual international security and politics forum Riga Conference 2020. EPA-EFE/TOMS KALNINS

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Belarus’ opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has urged the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell and the EU foreign ministers to take “decisive” sanctions against the regime of long-time ruler, Aleksander Lukashenko, in a bid to tackle injustice and violence in the country. “I call on Josep Borrell and the MFAs of all EU member states to act decisively on economic and individual sanctions against Lukashenka’s regime,” Tikhanovskaya wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday. Do not let injustice and violence remain unpunished. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Belarus’ Tikhanovskaya urges EU for ‘decisive’ sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08818200 Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gives press statement after her meeting with Latvian president in Riga, Latvia, 13 November 2020. She added that the EU’s “firm and fast” stance on the matter is crucial for Belarus, also urging the bloc to not “let injustice and violence remain unpunished.” 

I call on @JosepBorrellF and the MFAs of all EU member states to act decisively on economic and individual sanctions against Lukashenka's regime. “In total, more than 700 people have been detained for violations of the legislation on mass events and before their offenses were examined in court,” Belarus’ Interior Ministry spokesperson Olga Chemodanova said in a statement on Monday, with the Viasna human rights organisation counting 1,127 arrests, most of which were carried out in the capital, Minsk. Last week, Tikhanovskaya announced the People’s Tribunal and “an amnesty for the capture of Lukashenko and members of his state-sponsored terrorist group.”
“Unless we, the people of Belarus, do not bring the criminals in our country to justice, no one will,” she wrote in another Twitter post.