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European Parliament says Belarus is a 'Dictatorship'

The European Parliament on 10 March adopted a strongly-worded resolution on Belarus, calling on EU member countries to recognize the current Belarusian regime as a "dictatorship" and President Alyaksandr Lukashenka as a "dictator," Belapan and RFE/RL's Belarus Service reported.

The resolution condemns the Belarusian government's crackdown on the political opposition and independent media and demands that the authorities release Mikhail Marynich, Valery Levaneuski, Alyaksandr Vasilyeu, and other persons whom it describes as "imprisoned political opponents of the regime."

The European Parliament also calls for "identifying and freezing the personal assets of President Lukashenka and those of other senior members of the regime who ensure the continuation of the dictatorship," as well as expanding the list of Belarusian officials banned from entering the EU.

The document also proposes creating alternative information sources for Belarusians, such as television and radio stations in neighboring countries and rendering support to independent media outlets in Belarus.

(RFE/RL 10.iii.05)

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