The European Union warned Tuesday it could reimpose sanctions on Belarus as riot police clashed for a third night with demonstrators protesting this week's elections that the EU described as "neither free nor fair," per the Guardian.
Why it matters: The EU removed most sanctions against Belarus four years ago, after "Europe's last dictator" Alexander Lukashenko released political prisoners and permitted protests, AP notes. The EU said in a statement Tuesday it would be "conducting an in-depth review" into its relations with former Soviet country over his elections win claim and the deadly crackdown on protesters.
Human Rights Watch's examination of how Belarus security forces viciously attacked largely peaceful protesters, using:— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) August 12, 2020
- stun grenades;
- rubber bullets and slugs;
- tear gas.
All made more horrific by brutal beatings and abductions... https://t.co/Q3fGcZNRvE pic.twitter.com/x6VuuMLWOA
- "This may include, inter alia, taking measures against those responsible for the observed violence, unjustified arrests, and falsification of election results," the EU statement said of Sunday's vote, which claimed to have won in a landslide.
Of note: Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya fled to Lithuania after filing a complaint at the Central Election Commission on Monday.