Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Germany calls Belarus crackdown 'unacceptable'

Share this article

Germany calls Belarus crackdown 'unacceptable'
Photo: DPA
12:17 CET+01:00
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday slammed the crackdown on protests against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus as "unacceptable."

"I am very worried by reports that have emerged from Minsk since last night," he said in a statement.

"It is unacceptable for opposition candidates and their supporters who want to practice their right to freedom of expression to be bullied, beaten or arrested."

Westerwelle and his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski had made a rare joint appeal to the Belarusian government in Minsk in November to ensure free and fair presidential elections.

"After we made clear to the Belarusian leadership ahead of the vote the importance of respecting international standards for elections, we will watch the results of the OSCE review of the election very closely," Westerwelle said Monday, referring to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Belarus on Monday detained hundreds of protestors, including seven opposition candidates, after smashing a mass rally protesting fraud in the landslide re-election of Lukashenko on Sunday.

Described as the Europe's last dictator by Washington, Lukashenko received 79.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's polls on the back of a massive turnout of over 90 percent, the central election commission said.


Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article


From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world’s best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Click here to start your job search

Popular articles