The 27 EU foreign ministers agreed to task their foreign policy unit with preparing a list of individuals to be blacklisted.
Nearly 7,000 people have been detained and hundreds have been injured in a police clampdown on demonstrators protesting the official results of Sunday’s ballot that gave President Alexander Lukashenko 80 percent of the vote.
Retail operators, from prime shopping malls to family-run businesses, have been forced to close for multiple days over the past five months as the region has been hit with anti-government protests.
Demonstrators ask for a higher salary and better working conditions for teachers.
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