Monday, January 31, 2011
U.S. sanctions Belarus
The United States today announced measures to respond to the brutal crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenka and the government of Belarus in the wake of the presidential election of December 19, 2010.
"The disproportionate use of force and initial detentions of hundreds of demonstrators; charging of five opposition presidential candidates; ongoing raids against civil society, media and political parties; the closure of the OSCE’s office in Minsk; and a flawed vote count all represent major steps backwards for the country. These actions oblige the United States and others in the international community to act," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement. “The people of Belarus deserve better.”