Sanctions From US, UK And Canada Inbound For Belarusians

Disputed President Lukashenko was sworn in for his sixth term on Wednesday.

Sohil Nikam

September 25, 2020

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Multiple sources have made it known that the US, the UK, and Canada are planning to impose sanctions on Belarusians after what they view as rigged elections got President Alexander Lukashenko elected for his sixth consecutive term. The arrests of opposition leaders, as well as violence against peaceful protesters, are two more reasons why the three countries, which could make the announcement official on Friday, may impose the sanctions on Belarusians.

Lukashenko, sometimes called the last dictator in Europe, claimed landslide victory in the August 9 election. This had led to wide-scale protests across the country, with protestors claiming that the elections were rigged. Since then, thousands of protestors have been detained along with prominent opposition leaders, some of whom have been forced to exit the country to prevent their own arrests. Clamping down on news reporting has also taken place in the country. Lukashenko was abruptly sworn in for a sixth term on Wednesday.

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