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EU, Germany criticize Belarus election, violence against protesters

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell condemned on Monday "disproportionate and unacceptable state violence against peaceful protesters" in Belarus following the country's presidential election, adding that "the Belarusian people now expect their votes to be counted accurately."

Meanwhile, spokesman for the German government Steffen Seibert said it is "unacceptable" that Belarus authorities failed to ensure "minimum standards for democratic elections." Poland called for an emergency European Union summit on the situation in Minsk as the bloc should "support the Belarusian people in their quest for freedom."

Earlier today, the Central Election Commission's (CEC) preliminary results showed that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko won over 80% of the vote in presidential election. Protesters in the country's capital Minsk hit the streets on late Sunday evening after the first polls were released, while the police reportedly used tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse the riots.

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