BRUSSELS – The European Union imposed Friday sanctions on the Belarusian president and 14 other officials for their role in the security crackdown launched during protests against the election. Contested presidential election in August of the country.
The EU headquarters said in a statement that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had been placed on the sanctions list along with his son and national security advisor, Viktor Lukashenko.
Sanctions prohibit individuals from traveling within the European Union and freezing their property. EU citizens and companies are also prohibited from giving them money.
Protests have rocked Belarus since the August 9 elections, and more than 15,000 people in the country have been detained.
The official results put Mr Lukashenko to power with 80% of the vote and considered fraudulent by many, including the EU About 200 people with disabilities gathered in the capital Minsk on Thursday.
In its sanctions list, the EU says that Lukashenko “is responsible for the violent suppression of the State apparatus carried out before and after the 2020 presidential election, in particular for the dismissal of the key opposition candidate, arbitrary arrest and mistreatment of peaceful protesters. as well as threats and violence against journalists. “
The addition of Lukashenko et al means a total of 59 Belarusian officials are subject to EU sanctions.