The European Union [official website] has meanwhile expressed serious concern about the arrests and has demanded the release of opposition politician Aleksander Kozulin. The Austrian EU Presidency said [press release] Saturday it was "appalled by the violence used against demonstrators by the Belarusian authorities." EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner warned the Belarusian government to adhere to the rules of democracy, "If the Belarussian government does not show remorse, visa bans will probably be sharpened. In concrete terms, that means that those responsible will not be able to travel to EU member states. Foreign assets of Belarusian lawmakers could also be frozen." The EU agreed Friday to impose sanctions, such as a visa ban, on several Belarus leaders, including Lukashenko. Reuters has more.
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