Two members of the European Parliament reported that they were not allowed to Belarus
The head of the European Parliament delegation for relations with Belarus Robert Betony and the EP Rapporteur on Belarus Deputy Petras Austrevicius on Friday it was denied entry to the territory of Belarus, told RIA Novosti in the press service of the EP.
"The fourteenth of August the Belarusian authorities denied entry to Belarus to two members of the European Parliament, Polish MEP from the faction of "Progressive Alliance of socialists and Democrats", Chairman of the EP delegation for relations with Belarus Robert Betony, and Lithuanian Deputy from party "new Europe", the permanent Rapporteur of the EP to Belarus Petras Austrevicius," - said in the service.
In a joint statement the MPs said that the actions of the Belarusian authorities testify "that they refuse any possibility for dialogue."
"The future of Belarus is solved in these days. We call on the EU institutions to show integrity in the support and protection of the legitimate aspirations of the Belarusian people to live in a democratic country where the rule of law, respects fundamental freedoms and human rights", - reads the statement of the deputies.
Earlier, the head of the European Parliament David Sassòli urged the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to stop the use of force against peaceful demonstrators and to release the detainees. According to him, the people of Belarus has the right to protest.
Following an emergency video conference on Friday, EU foreign Ministers decided to immediately begin work on compiling a list of additional sanctions under existing EU sanctions against Belarus. The EU wants to punish persons involved in violence against peaceful demonstrators in Belarus, as well as to fraud.
Mass protests began across Belarus on 9 August, after the presidential election, won by incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. According to released on Friday, the CEC final results of the vote, Lukashenko won in the last elections in the Republic of 80.1 percent of the vote, his rival in the electoral campaign Svetlana Tikhanovski – 10,12%.
Against protesters, the law enforcement officers used tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. According to official data, about 6 thousand people were arrested. As reported, the interior Ministry, during the riots injured hundreds of people, among them 103 law enforcement officer. One protester, according to the interior Ministry, was killed while trying to throw the police improvised explosive device.