More than 250 protesters were arrested in various cities in Belarus for participating in demonstrations that opposed the election commission’s decision to prevent the next presidential election of key opposition candidate Viktor Babariko, a defense group reported human rights.
Demonstrations have taken place in cities such as Minsk, Gomel, Pruzhany, Brest, Soligorsk, Bobruisk, Stolbtsy and Grodno, and the police have made arrests in all marches, according to the human rights organization Viasna.
Most of the arrests documented by Viasna, more than 200, took place in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The European Union has sharply criticized the Belarusian Electoral Commission for preventing the main opposition candidate Viktor Babariko from participating in the next presidential election, and has assured that the decision by the Belarusian authorities “does not guarantee sensible and competitive political competition” “”
“The seemingly arbitrary exclusion of candidates limits the Belarusian people’s ability to express their will and undermines the integrity and democratic nature of the elections,” said High Representative for the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. .