US “Deeply Concerned,” Germany Warns Sanctions Over Belarus Vote
Angry protests have led to thousands of arrests in the Eastern European nation.
The international community has expressed deep concern over the disputed elections in Belarus that reelected Europe’s last remaining dictator, Alexander Lukashenko for his record sixth term in office. The United States has said that it is “deeply concerned” over the development, whereas Germany has warned the reimposition of sanctions against the Eastern European country. Germany currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.
Protests erupted all over Belarus following the release of official exit polls on Sunday that predicted the reelection of Lukashenko. Thousands of arrests have since been made in a massive crackdown on the protests. Those expressing dissent allege that the elections were rigged. In fact, Lukashenko’s main opposition candidate has fled the country to Lithuania “for the sake of her children.” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had stood in for her husband as an opposition candidate after he was jailed in the run-up to the vote.
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