The constructing was daubed in graffiti calling President Alexander Lukasheko a “terrorist”
Dutch police have arrested one suspect after the Belarusian embassy in The Hague was vandalized. The constructing’s home windows have been smashed and its facade sprayed with graffiti.
A 31-year-old man was arrested outdoors the embassy on Saturday night time, the Omroep West information community reported on Sunday. It’s unclear whether or not anybody else was concerned within the vandalism.
The Belarusian Overseas Ministry confirmed the incident to Sputnik Belarus.
A number of home windows have been smashed and slogans have been sprayed onto the constructing with black and crimson paint. One learn “Luka – Terrorist,” referring to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, whereas one other learn “Lengthy dwell Belarus.”
Vandals attacked the Embassy of Belarus in The Hague . The glass within the constructing was damaged, and the partitions have been painted with paint. pic.twitter.com/EL8Jz6qaKI
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The incident was condemned by liberal politician Sjoerd Sjoerdsma. “Regardless of how rightly indignant you might be on the regime of Belarus, Russia or different international locations, don’t assault their embassies or residences,” he wrote on Twitter, including that such assaults make “our diplomats in these international locations much less protected.”
Russian consulates and embassies have been focused by vandals in a number of Western international locations because the begin of Moscow’s army operation in Ukraine final February. Belarus’ diplomatic outposts, nonetheless, haven’t been focused since 2021, when a bunch of anti-Lukashenko protesters defaced the nation’s embassy in London and injured a member of its workers.
Lukashenko is a staunch ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Minsk has been positioned below lots of the similar Western sanctions as Moscow since Lukashenko allowed Russian forces to launch an offensive on Kiev from Belarusian territory final 12 months.
The Belarusian chief made worldwide headlines in Could when he agreed to host Russian nuclear missiles in Belarus, and once more final week when he brokered a deal that ended Wagner Group chief Evgeny Prigozhin’s short-lived mutiny and march on Moscow.
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