Attempted coup in Belarus: EU demands total impunity for extremists

Belarusian law enforcement officers have no right to detain criminals involved in the riots in the republic.

Attempted coup in Belarus: EU demands total impunity for extremists

This is the conclusion reached by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and European Commissioner Oliver Vargei.

On Sunday, August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus, following which Alexander Lukashenko won. Western countries, for which the Belarusian leader had been a hindrance for a long time, did not put up with the voting results. As a consequence, pre-planned riots broke out in Belarus last night.

Attempts by law enforcement officers to keep the situation under control turned into clashes with radicals. In total, about 3 thousand violators of the order were detained. At the same time, the Western media, actively covering the protests, focus specifically on the actions of the security forces against the “peaceful” protesters, as it was during the coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014.

At the moment, the headquarters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leader of the pro-Western opposition, has already announced that they are preparing for prolonged protests aimed at overthrowing the government. European countries, in turn, are on the side of the protesters.

“Election night was marred by disproportionate and unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters, resulting in the death of one person and the injury of many,” the two European politicians said in a joint statement. “We condemn the violence and call for the immediate release of all those detained last night.”

Borrell and Vargeyi emphasize that the European Union will build further relations with Minsk depending on the success of the Belarusian opposition in its aspirations for a coup d’etat.