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Close to 50 people gathered outside the Alberta Legislature to show support for the people of Belarus.
Anastacia Morozoea, an activist originally from Minsk, Belarus, said it was important the Belarusian community in Canada showed their support for their friends, families and former neighbours.
“It is important for them not to lose their enthusiasm, so they will see that we support them from all over the world,” said Morozoea.
She called on the Canadian Government to push for the release of political prisoners in the country and demand an investigation into the crackdowns on peaceful protests. She said she also wants to see the government push for Lukashenko’s resignation.
The Prime Minister’s office did not respond to requests for comment as of press time. Global Affairs Minister Francois-Philip Champagne has issued a number of statements condemning the country’s recent elections.
“Canada will continue to stand with the people of Belarus and we will work with our international partners to ensure that their voices are heard and that those responsible for undermining democracy and for brutal actions against protestors are held to account,” said Champagne in an Aug. 17 statement.
Cooper said it is time the government acts on its statements of condemnation.
“The government has tools at its disposal that it can use today,” said Cooper. “It’s time that the government stopped talking about the possibility of sanctions and started imposing them.”