Russia signs agreement to launch two South Korean satellites on Soyuz rocketScience & Space August 21, 13:33
Poll reveals Russians take pride in country’s symbolsSociety & Culture August 21, 13:15
Press review: Moscow works to cool off US-North Korea spat and Japan eyes peace treatyPress Review August 21, 13:00
Passenger ground effect vehicle seating 100 to be created in Russia in 2020-2022Military & Defense August 21, 12:35
Australian cyclist Perkins gets Russian passportSport August 21, 12:21
St. Petersburg buyer scoops up Yeltsin’s limousine for over $330,000Society & Culture August 21, 12:20
US suspends procedure of issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia as of August 23World August 21, 11:59
Four victims of Surgut stabbing remain in grave conditionWorld August 21, 11:21
Russian Arctic National Park to set up reserve area on Novaya ZemlyaSociety & Culture August 21, 9:36
MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. The European Union has condemned the steps of Belarusian authorities to disperse an unauthorized demonstration in Minsk and other cities on Saturday.
Brussels demands the immediate release of "all recently detained peaceful citizens," the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU's diplomatic service, said in a press release.
"Such repression of freedom of expression and assembly is in contradiction with Belarus’ stated policy of democratization and its international commitments," the press release said.
In the run up to and during Saturday’s Freedom Day events and despite international community calls for restraint, "the response by the security services was indiscriminate and inappropriate," it said.
The EU also voiced concerns over detentions of peaceful citizens, journalists and also a raid on an office of the Viasna human rights center. "Steps taken by Belarus to respect universal fundamental freedoms, rule of law and human rights will remain key for the shaping of the European Union's relationship with the country," it said.
Some 300 people were detained by law enforcers as they intended to take part in the March of Angry Belarusians in Minsk on Saturday. The rally was scheduled to become part of protests that have hit the country since February. The citizens take to the streets to protest against Belarus’ social and economic policies.