Merkel condemns violence against citizens in Belarus


August 14, Fineko/abc.az. The chancellor condemns the detention of thousands of peaceful protesters. She was appalled at the use of violence against detainees. She expresses her deep condolences to the families of the victims.

ABC.AZ informs with reference to news agency Report that this was stated by the representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Steffen Seibert.

"It is unacceptable that fundamental rights are trampled on in Belarus. From our point of view, sanctions should be applied against those who are responsible for human rights violations,” he stressed.

The presidential election was held in Belarus on 9 August. Years later, according to preliminary results, the current President Alexander Lukashenko won the elections that aroused great interest in the country for the 6th time. After that, mass peaceful protests began in several regions of the country. Thousands of people were detained, 1 person was killed, and dozens were injured during demonstrations that turned into clashes with the police. The main opponent of Lukashenko, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the security forces not to use force against the people.

Amid the protests, the country's CEC chairman Lidia Yermoshina was evacuated from the Government House. Two days after the elections Tikhanovskaya left the country for security reasons and moved to Lithuania.