European Council President calls emergency summit on Belarus elections.
European Council President Charles Michel called for an extraordinary Wednesday meeting by video conference amid ongoing mass protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and his government.
“The people of Belarus have the right to decide on their future and freely elect their leader,” Michel wrote on Twitter. “Violence against protesters is unacceptable and cannot be allowed.”
European Council President, Charles Michel has convened an emergency summit of EU leaders to discuss the situation arising out of the presidential election in Belarus. In a tweet Michael today said that the meeting would take place on Wednesday through video conference.
Belarus has been mired in protests since the results of the presidential election in the country were announced. Incumbent President, Alexander Lukashenko won over 80 percent vote in the election held on 9th of this month.
Speaking to state media, the President said any redistribution of power in Belarus should be carried out under the Constitution and not through street protests. He said work is under way to amend the current Constitution.
Employees of state broadcaster BT on Monday joined the wave of strikes sweeping Belarus.
Over 6,700 people have been detained during the post-election protests that have been going on for more than a week.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko not to use military violence against his own people.