The European Union imposed sanctions Friday on the president of Belarus and 14 different officers over their roles within the safety crackdown launched throughout protests of the nation”s contested August presidential election.

EU headquarters stated in a press release that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was placed on the sanctions record alongside together with his son and nationwide safety adviser, Viktor Lukashenko. The sanctions ban listed people from travelling throughout the European Union and a freeze on their property. EU residents and corporations are also forbidden from offering them with funds.

Protests

Protests have rocked Belarus ever for the reason that Aug. 9 election, and greater than 15,000 folks within the nation have been arrested. The official outcomes returned Lukashenko to energy with 80% of the vote and have been extensively seen as rigged, together with by the EU. About 200 disabled folks rallied within the capital Minsk on Thursday.

In its sanctions itemizing, the EU stated that President Lukashenko “is answerable for the violent repression by the State equipment carried out earlier than and after the 2020 presidential election, specifically with the dismissal of key opposition candidates, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of peaceable demonstrators in addition to intimidation and violence towards journalists.”

The addition of Lukashenko and his associates signifies that a complete of 59 Belarusian officers are topic to the EU sanctions.

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