MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Dear Colleagues! The presidential election in Belarus on August 9, 2020 was brazenly faked. The evidence for this is enormous. In the end, there was no longer a full count of the votes. Presumably the regime refrained from having the polling stations counted where the results had not been manipulated beforehand. There is no doubt in my mind that the election was faked. It is therefore entirely logical that the European Union does not recognize Lukashenko as the rightful President of Belarus.
The protests against this election fraud were led by courageous women, mostly the wives of the presidential candidates whom Lukashenko had previously sorted out from the election process, who were either in prison or driven into foreign exile. You bravely led this protest. If you had looked at the pictures from Minsk and other cities in Belarus, you were reminded, also in terms of size, of the 1989 protests in the GDR.
(Applause from Deputy Gisela Manderla [CDU / CSU])
The starting point of these protests was a fake election, the fake local election in spring 1989. 10 percent of the population in Belarus were on the streets during weddings. That actually corresponds to the format that we experienced in the GDR.
In Belarus, however, the leadership used massive violence, i.e. repression, against the demonstrators. We of course demand that this stop. We demand that this not happen. And we demand that those responsible be held accountable. I expressly welcome the fact that the European Union has now decided – as the coalition groups and the German federal government have demanded – that Mr Lukashenko is also affected by the personal sanctions. It is a small but tangible pinprick against those responsible for the violent crackdown on these protests.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and MP Manuel Sarrazin [Alliance 90 / THE GREENS])
Of course, we also demand the right to return from forced exile for those who want to be politically active in the opposition in Belarus. And we are calling for fair new presidential elections.
In Belarus the government is speculating, Lukashenko is of course speculating at the moment, that the weather will get worse in autumn, the temperatures will drop and then not as many people can be mobilized by the opposition on the weekends as has been the case before. They claim that there must first be new laws and a new constitution before new elections can be held. Even after speaking with representatives of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe and the head of the Venice Commission personally about it, I say very clearly: There is nothing to prevent a new one based on the current electoral law, but under transparent democratic framework conditions Presidential election is conducted.
I would like one of these brave women to stand up for the opposition. In the conversations we’ve had, they always said that of course their husbands would do that. I think maybe you should think about that again in one case or another.
I believe that the Federal Government would do well, together with the other partners, to ensure that the OSCE is in a position in the short term to carry out such election observation in Belarus with qualified and suitable personnel and to ensure transparency in this election. I assume that is the case; at least we have presented that accordingly.
Lukashenko’s time game, who believes he can sit out the protests, must be thwarted. That is why it is important that today in the German Bundestag, with the support of at least one opposition faction, we pass the motion here, which Mrs Hendricks has presented in somewhat greater detail.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
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