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European Parliament Set To Condemn Belarus Crackdown

Opposition supporters attend a rally in central Minsk.

Opposition supporters attend a rally in central Minsk.

Some of the biggest political groupings in the European Parliament are discussing a draft resolution on Belarus that will condemn the crackdown following last month's presidential election and call for a repeat of the disputed vote.

The meeting aims to come up with a joint resolution sponsored by the groups -- of liberals, socialists, and center-right and conservative MEPs -- that have so far drawn up separate, but similar drafts.

The joint text will then be put to the full parliament for a vote on January 20 in Strasbourg.

The drafts condemn the crackdown on opposition candidates and protesters when police used force to break up demonstrations following the December 19 vote that returned President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to power.

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