- European Union (EU)
- 欧州連合（後出blocもここでは同意、European Council presidentは欧州理事会常任議長〈ＥＵ大統領〉）
- 民主化を求める（後出democratic rightは民主的権利）
- 投票（後出 candidateは候補者）
- urge ～ to ...
- stand in solidarity
- impose sanctions
- substantial number
- security forces
EU backs Belarus pro-democracy rallies, rejects poll results
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union (EU) leaders on Aug. 19 said they stand beside the people protesting for democratic rights in Belarus, rejecting Aug. 9 election results that kept the country's leader of 26 years in power.
The message came as the leading opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged Europeans to support "the awakening of Belarus," and as authorities there detained protesters, who want President Alexander Lukashenko to resign.
"The European Union stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus, and we don't accept impunity," European Council President Charles Michel told reporters. "We don't recognize the results presented by the Belarus authorities."
Belarus isn't a member of the EU. Michel said the bloc will impose sanctions on "a substantial number" of people linked to election fraud and violence. Belarus security forces detained almost 7,000 people and injured hundreds in the first four days of demonstrations. In the 15th day of the largest protests ever, a crowd of about 200,000 rallied against Lukashenko on Aug. 23.