Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya urged to extend sanctions against the entourage of President Alexander Lukashenko, who is involved in election fraud and violence against Belarusians.
On Wednesday, Tikhanovskaya addressed the members of the Commission on International Affairs of the French National Assembly and thanked them for the support of the Belarusian people.
“France has not recognized the legitimacy of Lukashenko, it is a very important message from a strong country. France supported the sanctions list, which included 40 people from Belarus. It is a victory, but it is a small victory. I am sure that this is just the beginning of new sanctions”,
She stressed that many more people participated in the rigged elections in Belarus on August 9, and many more people were guilty of beatings and violence against Belarusians.
“The same list should include people who have businesses that support Lukashenko’s regime… And I call for the expansion of the sanctions list,” added Tikhanovskaya.
On Friday, October 2, after publication in the official journal, the EU introduced additional individual sanctions against Belarusian officials who in Europe are considered to be involved in violence against demonstrators and falsification of the results of the presidential election. The list included 40 people, mostly law enforcers and representatives of election bodies.
Protest actions in Belarus
Strikes and protests covered Belarus on August 9 immediately after the presidential election, which was won by the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the vote.
His rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, took second place with 10.1%, according to official data. These figures were not recognized at her headquarters, believing that the opposition candidate won significantly more than 50%.
In response to the protests, the law enforcers used tear gas, water cannons, light-noise grenades, and rubber bullets. The law enforcement agencies then stopped disperse the rallies and used force.
However, since early September unknown people in civilian clothes, masks, and special means in hand have joined the dispersal of opponents of the authorities. They persecuted demonstrators and if the latter managed to catch up, they used force against them.
According to official data, during the first days of the demonstrations, almost seven thousand people were detained. As reported by law enforcement agencies, hundreds of people were injured in the riots, including more than 120 law enforcement officers. Three of the protesters died.