Polish MPs call for more sanctions on Belarus

In reference to the murder of Roman Bondarenko, we call on the Polish government and the other Member States of the European Union to tighten up sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, the parliamentary team for Belarus announced in a statement.

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“Only tightening up the sanctions against the Belarusian regime might stop further blood spill in that country. Long live Belarus!,” Robert Tyszkiewicz, the head of the parliamentary team tweeted.

The MPs wrote in the statement that Raman Bandarenka, a participant of peaceful protests in Belarus passed away in a hospital in Minsk after he was beaten up by Belarusian militia.

“He is another victim of the ruthless policy of the regime, which wants to destroy the democratic opposition after the rigged elections from August 9,” the document reads.

“In association to the disgraceful murder of Roman Bondarenko and an increasing wave of persecutions in Belarus, the Parliamentary Team on Belarus calls the government of the Republic of Poland and governments of the Members States of the European Union to quickly and decisively tighten up sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime,” the MPs wrote.

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Roman Bondarenko was severely beaten on Wednesday, November 11. The man noticed that someone was tearing off the white, red and white decorations hanging on the street and decided to react. The men whom he confronted beat him badly. Although the 31-year-old was transported to hospital, he could not be saved. He died on Thursday night.

The actions of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime were criticised, among others, Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The press release states that Roman Bondarenko’s death was “an outrageous and shameful result of the actions by the Belarusian authorities who have not only directly and violently carried out the repression of their own population, but also created an environment whereby such lawless, violent acts can take place, thus ignoring not only the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Belarusian people but also disregarding their lives.”

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