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EU criticizes Belarusian authorities for violence against demonstrators

The European Union condemned “disproportionate and unacceptable state violence” against protesters in Belarus. IN statement EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and EU enlargement Commissioner Oliver Vargeli say that the use of force reportedly killed one person and injured many. The EU also called for the release of all detainees.

The alleged death of one of the protesters was previously reported by the Viasna human rights center. His name was called – Evgeny Zaichkin. However, it was revealed on Monday that he was alive.

Zaichkin gave interview the publication vot-tak.tv, in which he said that he was detained by riot police and beaten, he lost consciousness in the paddy wagon. After that, the security forces took him out of the car and called an ambulance. Earlier on social networks, it was assumed that Zaichkin was an activist hit by a paddy wagon in the center of Minsk. Who in reality was hit by a paddy wagon and what his condition is, has not yet been reported.

Representatives of the European Union called for a careful counting of votes in the presidential elections, so that the published results reflect the real will of the Belarusian people.

Formerly Prime Minister of Poland Tadeusz Morawiecki called on EU leaders to gather for an urgent summit in order to discuss the situation in Belarus, where law enforcement officers on Monday night dispersed protesters against the official results of the presidential elections, according to which Alexander Lukashenko won.

A number of EU countries have made harsh statements against the Belarusian authorities. A representative of the German government said that minimum standards for democratic elections were not met in Belarus. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius expressed the opinion that the elections were not fair and free. The same position is held by Czech Foreign Ministrywho also called on the Belarusian authorities to respect the freedom of assembly. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von leer Leyen, wrote that the persecution of peaceful protesters “should not take place in Europe.”

The previous elections, in which Lukashenka won – except for the very first, in 1994 – the EU countries were not recognized as free and democratic.

According to official data, which the opposition disagrees with, Lukashenko is gaining about 80 percent of the vote. He was congratulated on his election victory the leader of China, the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan.

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