The European Union is threatening to impose new sanctions against the Belarusian regime after an opposition campaigner was killed in protests in the capital Minsk on Thursday.
“The European Union has already imposed sanctions against 55 persons responsible for repression and intimidation and is ready to introduce additional sanctions,” said EU foreign chief Josep Borrell.
31-year-old Roman Bondarenko was pronounced dead on Thursday after he had been arrested a day earlier in an opposition protest on a square in Minsk.
According to witnesses, riots broke out between the protesters and plainclothes police during the protest.
The death of Bondarenko, an artist and former soldier, sparked a wave of outrage from the opposition, which claims President Alexander Lukashenko’s security forces are responsible.
“This is a shameful and shameful consequence of the actions of the Belarusian authorities,” said Borrell’s spokesman on Bondarenko’s death. According to him, the first reports indicate that the man was killed by “cruel police violence”.