Poland requires extraordinary EU summit to debate post-election crackdown in Belarus

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Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki has referred to as on the chiefs of EU establishments to convene a rare summit on Belarus, after violent clashes between protesters and police forces over a disputed presidential election shook the capital, Minsk.

Thousands took to the streets throughout Belarus on Sunday night, after a state-TV exit ballot predicted a landslide victory for incumbent president Aleksander Lukashenko, who has been operating the nation since 1994.

The figures launched by the nation’s Central Electoral Committee (CEC) have led to violent clashes in Minsk, with movies circulating on the net displaying police forces cracking down on demonstrators. Police reportedly used stun grenades, rubber bullets, tear gasoline and water cannon, whereas no less than one demonstrator is reported to have been killed.

“The authorities have used force against their citizens, who are demanding change in the country. We must support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom,” Morawiecki stated in a press release on Monday.

The Polish PM stated he had written to the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen and the top of the EU Council, Charles Michel, requesting a particular summit.

The nation’s MFA additionally condemned the violence in opposition to protesters, and referred to as on Belarusian authorities “to stop escalating the situation and to start respecting fundamental human rights”.

“In the face of the ongoing events in Belarus, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep concern about the brutal pacification of post-election demonstrations. The harsh reaction, the use of force against peaceful protesters, and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable,” the Polish MFA stated in a press release.