EU sanctions include an asset freeze and bans on travelling in the 27-nation EU for 88 people, including politicians, state security personnel and business people, and asset freezes on seven organisations.
The Belarus government unleashed a harsh crackdown against dissent and protests that erupted after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a sixth term in office in a disputed presidential election last August.
Belarus has been rocked by waves of protests since an August 9 presidential election that strongman Lukashenko says he won but the opposition, backed by Western countries, says was stolen.
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Tens of thousands of demonstrators organised at least 100 separate gatherings in the capital Minsk.
"I will not work as president with you under the new constitution," President Alexander Lukashenko says without specifying when that day would come.
Police detain dozens of people during protests against President Alexandre Lukashenko's contested re-election, activists say.
More than 700 people taken into pre-trial detention for "breaching the laws on mass gatherings," Interior Ministry says.
Human rights group Viasna says police detained more than 500 protesters in fresh demonstrations, as anger mounts over death of Roman Bondarenko, a 31-year-old protester.
EU also threatened Belarus with more sanctions following the death of a 31-year-old protester who died in the hospital after being allegedly beaten by the police.
Belarus is in a political crisis as tens of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets each week since the Aug. 9 election calling for President Lukashenko to resign after 26 years in power.
Belarus has arrested thousands of people during demonstrations that followed a disputed August 9 presidential election. Rights groups say hundreds of detainees reported being subjected to beatings and other abuse.
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