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Source: CDU CSU

Madam President! Dear Colleagues! Mr Sarrazin, I too know exactly whose side I am, namely the side of these incredibly brave women who led the demonstrations.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

And it really impresses me that they continue to demonstrate tirelessly to keep pointing out the injustice and have not yet given up. What is the reason for their demonstrations? We called it: fair and free elections, the release of all political prisoners. They demand democracy and human rights, they demand the resignation of the illegitimate President Lukashenka. These are completely understandable, correct and plausible requirements.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

Of course, here in this House we stand by the side of the Belarusian people who keep organizing these demonstrations.

Lukashenka suppresses the protests with brutal means. That is what is implied here; Mrs Hendricks said so. 15,000 people were arrested. The media reports of seriously injured demonstrators, several deaths, severe mistreatment and over 500 cases of torture. How good that the people do not put up with it. I think that’s great.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

Of course, Svetlana Tichanovskaya is a great woman. But what I regret is that she is not ready to run herself yet. She is the face of the demonstrations. It is now known all over the world. It would be good if she didn’t step back behind her husband.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the LEFT – Rainer Spiering [SPD]: I think so too!)

– We women should not do that as a matter of principle, colleague Gysi. We have learned that by now.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD – Rainer Spiering [SPD]: With all due respect, that wasn’t Mr. Gysi!)

The Belarusian leadership not only disregards basic human rights and laws of their own country, but also a number of declarations that they themselves have signed on an international level, and we cannot be indifferent to that. That is why what has been said here is correct, namely that Lukashenka has now also been placed on the list of people who can no longer come to our country or Europe.

We cannot give advice to the protesters. But we have to send a strong signal; that has already been mentioned here. That is why I call out to the demonstrators: It is right to demonstrate against the violence of the government and the president! It is right to call for the political prisoners to be released. It is of course right to demand free and fair new elections. – Of course we also have to provide financial support to civil society. That’s what we can do. But it is also clear: Belarusian society must define how its domestic political path will be in the future.

As a spokesperson for media policy, I can only welcome the fact that Deutsche Welle is ready to get more involved in Belarus. Incidentally, that was a suggestion by Svetlana Tichanovskaya – now I can name it – she asked very much for it, and I think that’s right. We’re in talks with Deutsche Welle. I hope that happens, and quickly. It’s no use if it doesn’t happen in two or three months. We have to help. Belarus needs an independent voice, independent information and must not only be pounded with propaganda from Lukashenka or Putin.

The Russian broadcasters are very active, colleague Gysi. I have no confidence in the President of Russia. That is why I do not understand how you can call for a trusting cooperation here. You have to explain to me how it works.

Vice President Claudia Roth:

Well. But not now.

Elisabeth Motschmann (CDU / CSU):

No. Now it’s good too.

(Laughter from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

I’m finished too, Madam President.

Many thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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