Soon after rejecting the election results of Belarus, the European Union (EU) has agreed to impose sanctions on a host of influential figures within the Belarus government. “The EU will impose shortly sanctions on a substantial number of individuals responsible for violence, repression and election fraud,” announced the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Having ruled for 26 years, Belarus President, Alexander Lukashenko, was on August 9, re-elected after official results saw him win 80 per cent of the vote. The results prompted mass protests with the protestors claiming that the election was rigged. “We stand by your side in desire to exercise your rights and peaceful, democratic future,” added Charles Michel.
During the raged protests, almost 7,000 agitators have been detained during demonstrations while at least two died and hundreds others lost their lives. As a mark of solidarity with demonstrators, several presenters working for the country’s state television network, along with several members of the police have moved their resignation.