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Belarus: journalists in prison for streaming protests

Two journalists of the Polish TV channel Belsat were sentenced to two years in prison in Minsk. According to the prosecution, the girls allegedly organized protests against President Lukashenko. Ekaterina Andreeva and Daria Cheltsova in November last year conducted a live report from the opposition rally. Reviewers write about the details and background of the process.

Why is Poland silent?

The editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza’s foreign policy editorial office, Bartosz Wielinski, is outraged by Warsaw’s silence:

“Belsat TV channel was founded in Poland in order to give the residents of Belarus, who are forced to watch propaganda, the opportunity to receive information from alternative and free media. The TV channel has been funded by Polish taxpayers for many years, so the way Lukashenko treats the TV channel’s journalists concerns us as well. I am ashamed of the current Polish leadership, which did not react in any way to the outrageous and absurd decision of the Minsk court. Prime Minister Morawiecki remains silent on this issue. But six months ago, when the demonstrations in Belarus attracted the attention of the whole world, he was willingly photographed next to the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.»

The US imposes visa sanctions against 43 citizens of Belarus

The United States imposes visa sanctions against 43 citizens of Belarus, including high-ranking officials and representatives of Belarusian law enforcement agencies. This is reported in a statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

According to the US administration, those on the sanctions list are “ responsible for undermining democracy in Belarus.”

“Basically, they are denied the right to enter the United States,” the statement said.

In particular, high-ranking officials from the justice sector, heads of law enforcement agencies, and ordinary employees who detained protesters are subject to sanctions.

In addition, the measures apply to judges and prosecutors who participated in the sentencing of demonstrators to prison, as well as to representatives of university administrations who “threatened students” because of their participation in the protests.

Earlier, the official representative of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that the United States supports a peaceful political dialogue in Belarus.

In Belarus, the protests continue for the seventh month in a row. They began after the CEC of the republic declared Alexander Lukashenko the winner of the presidential election, which was held on August 9.

All the headquarters of the opposition candidates announced that they did not recognize their official results. The protesters were supported by employees of the largest industrial enterprises, declaring a strike. Security forces use special equipment, stun grenades, and rubber bullets against the demonstrators.

Later, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the creation of a Coordinating Council of the opposition in the country, which should facilitate the transfer of power. Lukashenko blamed Western countries for the protests and demanded that criminal cases be initiated against the members of the council.

The European Parliament urged to suspend the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant

The European Parliament adopted a resolution proposing to the European Commission to work on the suspension of the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.

This is evidenced by the results of the voting at the plenary session.

642 out of 692 MEPs voted for the resolution.

The EP considers it necessary to suspend the process of launching the nuclear power plant until all the EU recommendations are fully implemented, until “all the necessary measures to improve safety are taken, and until the Belarusian society and neighboring countries are properly informed about the measures taken”.

“MEPs express serious concern about the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus and demand to suspend its commercial launch,” — from the press service of the EP.

Lukashenko named the conditions for his departure from the presidency

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko named the main conditions for his departure from the presidency.

According to BelTA, he said this during his speech at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.

“There is peace, the order in the country, no protest actions, do not turn the country upside down, express an opinion within the framework of the law,” Lukashenko said.

He also noted that the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly should be a stabilizer for the transitional period and have constitutional powers.

“We must have a clear safety net so as not to lose the country,” Lukashenko said.

Lukashenko also spoke about the preparation of the draft of the new Constitution.

Merkel urged to end repression in Belarus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed solidarity with the demonstrators in Belarus, for six months now they have been holding rallies demanding democracy and freedom.

She stated this in a Saturday video message, reports DW.

Merkel called on the leadership in Minsk to immediately end the repression and release political prisoners.

“The authorities (of Belarus) expect that the world will once again forget these courageous people. We must not allow this. Germany and the European Union will continue to prosecute those responsible for human rights violations in Belarus, as we do in the case of EU sanctions, “Merkel said.

She recalled that Germany has already made it easier to obtain visas for Belarusian oppositionists and others who have been persecuted. Berlin also provides scholarships and supports independent media in Belarus.

At the same time, the Chancellor admitted that these actions would not allow resolving the conflict in Belarus.

It is impossible to resolve this conflict from the outside. But this help shows these courageous people that we are on their side, and we hear their voices just like it was six months ago, “Merkel said.

She reiterated that Germany and the EU did not recognize the results of last year’s August presidential elections in Belarus, because they were not democratic, free, and fair.