Belarus | Week 29 of protests (22–28 February)

Cynicism and disregard for his own people

28 February 2021 | Voice of Belarus
Source: Voice of Belarus

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Lukashenko met with the Russian President Putin in Sochi. The negotiations lasted more than 6 hours, but neither side reported the results. It can only be assumed that the issues of the transit of power, the detention of Viktar Babaryka, and the transfer of some strategically important Belarusian assets to the Russian side were discussed in Sochi.

According to Pavel Latushka, the situation when the fate of the Belarusian people is being decided, but nothing is reported to the Belarusian people, shows that “Belarusians are slaves for Lukashenko, just plebs”.

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of ongoing flash mobs and solidarity actions, the official propaganda has crossed the line of common sense. The ritual of transferring a “charge of energy and determination” after a handshake with Lukashenko, which was first conducted by the military commissar of the Homel region Andrei Kryvanosau, could be an example. This ritual was the reason for the transfer of handshakes further along the chain of officials and the military. Numerous stories about it appeared on state TV. And Kryvanosau received an award. In addition, the wife of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Uladzimir Makei, Vera Paliakova, said on the air that the ex-head of the Kupala theater, Pavel Latushka, was to blame for the collapse of the theater. “I have lived in this country for 26 years under this government and I don’t think that everything has been that bad,” said Paliakova. In response, Latushka noted that the Makei’s “depth of hypocrisy and an inability to see the truth and the lies is off the chart”.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon became very popular. It gained more than two million views in less than a week. During the conversation, she repeatedly emphasized the brutality of the regime. Another confirmation of the regime’s brutality is the video of the August events in Minsk published on the Internet. It shows the security forces seizing a shopping center and brutally beating the visitors.

Spring is coming. Both the Belarusian people and the authorities are preparing for it. 25 March, Freedom Day, is a holiday that is not recognized by the Lukashenko regime. Therefore, the laws have already been tightened and the repression has intensified even more. Spring is coming – we will be fighting!

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