BERLIN, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. Germany plans to receive up to 50 persecuted Belarusian oppositionists with their family members, the Süddeutschen Zeitung newspaper reports, citing a document from the German Interior Ministry.
Earlier, the FRG authorities adopted an action plan in support of the opposition of Belarus, we are talking about granting asylum and scholarships, support for independent media, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier in a traditional video speech on February 6.
The publication received at its disposal a response from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany to the request of the deputy of the Union 90 / Greens parliamentary faction, Manuel Sarrazin. It follows from it that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany to accept “up to 50 oppositionists persecuted” in Belarus. At the same time, the publication specifies, this is not a formal upper limit, each case will be considered separately. “Reception (of the opposition in Germany) should begin as soon as possible,” the document is quoted as saying.
At the same time, Sarratsin himself told the publication that “the restriction of 50 people with such a scale of repression is too serious.” He expressed the hope that the FRG government would adjust this limitation if necessary.
As the publication specifies, the envisaged reception of activists in Germany as part of the action plan in support of the opposition involves facilitated visa requirements and the provision of asylum. In addition, Germany has allocated 21 million euros to support civil society, will provide scholarships to Belarusian students and scientists, and provide psychological assistance to the traumatized.
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, massive opposition protests began in the country, which, among other things, were suppressed by the security forces using special means and special equipment. Law enforcement agencies of the country announced the radicalization of protests in Belarus. The opposition believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election. After the elections, the European Union, Great Britain, the USA and Canada introduced sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials and enterprises loyal to the current authorities of the republic. Minsk announced a mirror response to the sanctions.
The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly stated that the protests in the country are being coordinated from abroad. Lukashenka accused the West of direct interference in the situation in the republic, noted that the unrest is directed by the United States, and the Europeans “play along” with it. Among the countries from which the protest actions are coordinated, Lukashenko named Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine.