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Friday, March 24, 2006

 

AP: Bush objects to stolen election elsewhere - March 24

Associated Press -- Friday, 11 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The United States joined European nations Friday in imposing sanctions on Belarus in retaliation for a crackdown on political protesters after an election that the White House said was fraudulent.

An opposition supporter presents carnation flowers to police officers in Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 24, 2006, as some Belarusians come to commemorate a protest tent-camp that was broken-up before dawn Friday morning by police who arrested some hundreds of people. Demonstrators at the camp had maintained a round-the-clock vigil as part of protests against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in a disputed vote.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)An opposition supporter presents carnation flowers to police officers in Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk, Belarus, right, today, as some Belarusians come to commemorate a protest tent-camp that was broken-up before dawn Friday morning by police who arrested some hundreds of people. Demonstrators at the camp had maintained a round-the-clock vigil as part of protests against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in a disputed vote.  (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Washington would act in unison with the European Union in applying targeted travel restrictions and financial sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko and others.

"We urge all members of the international community to demand that authorities in Belarus respect the rights of their own citizens to express themselves peacefully and to condemn any and all abuses," McClellan said.

He said the United States strongly condemned actions by Belarus' security forces who seized and detained citizens demonstrating against the results of the presidential election.

Full AP-Yahoo News story.  D.H.: What about stolen elections in your own country, Mr. President?

Dave Haigler, Abilene, Texas
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