EU Justifies Buying Surveillance Drones for Belarus (excerpt)
(Source: EU Observer; posted Oct. 6, 2020)
By Andrew Rettman
The Belarusian State Committee for Forensic Science showed the EU drones on its website (Photo by sudexpert.gov.by)
BRUSSELS --- The EU has bought 15 surveillance drones for Belarusian authorities, prompting alarm they could be used against pro-democracy protesters.

Lithuanian police handed over the equipment to the Belarusian State Committee for Forensic Science on 16 September - in the middle of a brutal police crackdown, which has seen thousands of people snatched off the streets, beaten, and tortured.

And the EU foreign service paid for them out of an €850,000 neighbourhood project being handled by Latvia and Lithuania.

The security cooperation appeared to go against the EU's vocal support for the pro-democracy movement.

And opposition activists feared the drones could be used against them, for instance, to identify individual protesters, leading to arrests. (end of excerpt)


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