Protests have been ongoing in Belarus since the August 9 presidential election, in which incumbent strongman Alexander Lukashenko was declared the victor with over 80 percent of votes, a result the protesters say was rigged.
Several journalists working in Belarus have been briefly detained since the election.
At the informal meeting of European Union foreign affairs ministers in Berlin, Reinsalu (Isamaa) said the central figure in the violence and falsification in Belarus is Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus is a conduit for Russian oil exports to Europe via the Druzhba pipeline. "The closest industrial cooperation".
They come after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the contested Belarusian election results as legitimate.
In the first few days, dozens were beaten, arrested, and jailed in horrific conditions. Around 180 people were detained at rallies on Thursday.
He says the protesters are funded by the West, and accuses the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) of massing forces on Belarusian frontiers, which the alliance denies. "The regime in Minsk must demonstrate full respect for fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and the right for a peaceful protest".
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After 26 years in power, Lukashenko has shown no such restraint. "The protest will win sooner or later, because we are the majority, but Belarusians will not forget that".
"A peaceful protest is stronger than clubs and fear", said 30-year-old demonstrator Maxim Zhurkov. Belarus' state television workers who have been on strike said that journalists and production staff from Russian state television had been flown into replace them, something that Lukashenko himself publicly confirmed this week. "We are seeing this escalation and toughening of repressions after the Kremlin's intervention".
It and other upstart channels are thriving by using social media platforms in a country where traditional broadcast media are tightly controlled by the authorities. Their Belarusian producer has been threatened with legal action.
Belarusian investigators have summoned Nobel Literature Prize victor Svetlana Alexievich for questioning over her links with a new coordination council opposing to long-time ruler Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus' white-red-white flag has become a symbol of the opposition to Lukashenko, who, after becoming president in 1994, introduced a green and red flag reminiscent of the nation's Soviet-era flag.
After her interrogation, Alexievich told reporters that she exercised her right not to incriminate herself and refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement. "The authorities are refusing to listen to the people".
Ukraine has frozen contacts with Belarus, and joined the European Union in condemning the legitimacy of the election. Lithuania is demanding that 118 people be blacklisted.