The EU has added Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko and fourteen others from his machinery to its sanctions list.
The sanctions, including an entry ban and a freeze on their European assets, will take effect on Friday, diplomatic sources in Brussels confirm.
The measure was decided because nothing has improved in the country since sanctions for 40 Belarusians announced earlier.
Police forces continue to use force against peaceful protesters. On Sunday, human rights organization Viasna reported that at least 70 people were arrested during a demonstration of tens of thousands of people in the capital Minsk against the Lukashenko regime.
He had previously warned the protesters. “Enough now. We will not back off.”
Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for over a quarter of a century. Protests against his rule began after his election victory on August 9. According to the opposition, the polls had been fraudulent.