19 November 2018, Monday, 13:26
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German Olympic Committee Threatened To Boycott European Games In Minsk

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The reason is Lukashenka's policy.

The president of the German Olympic Committee, Alphonse Horman, does not exclude the boycott of the European Games-2019 in Minsk, he said that in an interview to German radio Deutschlandfunk, which the German media quotes today.

As Focus writes, Alphonse Horman believes that the boycott "is not excluded if the situation remains as before." Horman also says that the events in Belarus "are causing concern, so we will continue to monitor them closely."

At the same time, the German Olympic Committee leader says that "a boycott is not a good tool," it "can only be used under absolutely unacceptable conditions."

This concerns the current Belarus, which has been under Lukashenka’s authoritarian rule for 24 years, the German media say. The recent arrests of Belarusian journalists were condemned by the OSCE and other international organizations, the German government made a statement in connection with this issue.

We remind that on August 7 and 8, the tut.by and BelaPAN offices were searched. The Investigative Committee investigates a criminal case (Article 349) on "illegal access" to the paid content of the state agency BelTA.

We remind that Lukashenka's regime blocked the independent information resource Charter97.org on January 24. First Information Deputy Minister Ihar Lutski confirmed the blocking. Aliakandr Karliukevich heads the Ministry of Information.