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Old 09-30-2020, 03:25 PM   #1
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Belarus


For 7 weeks in a row people have been peacefully protesting against another fraud election.
Since 1994 Alexander Lukashenko "won" every election, this time with a "landslide victory" of ~80%.
But people, politicians and journalists both in Belarus and nearby are shouting the truth from the streets, and the government is trying to silence these voices with ever more restrictive measures.

It seems that every country west, north and south of Belarus does not recognize these elections as legitimate and is basically on the people's side, but there's Big Russia looming behind Belarus, and nobody wants to provoke an incident (and currently it looks like Putin is waiting to see how this plays out?).
The West taking action would also play into Lukashenko's narrative that "outside forces" have riled up the population, and are to blame for the current state of unrest.

I feel for the people, their bourgeoise & non-violent form of protest, and truly hope it turns out well for Belarus.

But it doesn't look like Lukashenko is going to let go (easily).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_B...ntial_election
 
Old 10-03-2020, 12:43 PM   #2
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The whole of the former Soviet Union seems to have become a collection of kleptocracies.
 
Old 10-04-2020, 01:39 AM   #3
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I'm not sure I would call it that - or, the corruption is only part of the problem.
Lukashenko is dubbed "Europe's last dictator" - In the past two months he has surely lived up to that name, and presumably also in the two decades before that.
If you listen to BBC global news, they cover Belarus fairly well. I'm also hearing it on other channels.

Currently, a search for Belarus returns this at the top:
So apparently the EU's stance against the regime is hardening, good.
The last one clearly states that Russia is siding with Belarus - actively. Not good.
 
Old 10-04-2020, 10:57 AM   #4
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This is an interesting development:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/belaru...nst-lukashenko
 
Old 10-05-2020, 01:25 AM   #5
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^ Good to hear.
But "leading the fight"?
Something very similar already happened many weeks ago in a truck factory. Nota bene, these trucks are what the Russian army uses and the workers there are paid well.
And apparently at some more factories:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/belaru...ests-1.5694875 (just some search result)

Edit: oooh, hacking into state controlled media certainly takes it to another level. Cool. Nevertheless, I maintain that they are merely continuing what most of the population have started with traditional means of protest.

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