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Sports Belarus: put an end to the war against a people

13:25  14 august  2020
13:25  14 august  2020 Source:   lemonde.fr

Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated a conspiracy

 Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated a conspiracy BELARUS-ELECTION: Belarus suspects Russian mercenaries of having instigated an conspiracy © Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko BELARUS SUSPICTS OF RUSSIAN MERCENARIES COMBINED WITH A MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus suspects a group of Russian mercenaries suspected of instigating "acts of terrorism" ahead of the August presidential election and on Thursday summoned the Russian ambassador for a explanation.

After police in Belarus violently dispersed protests against election results, arresting thousands, the country’s police minister apologized to ‘random’ people caught up in the violence, but not those he called rioters. Opposition supporters have taken to the streets since Sunday, accusing the incumbent

Belarus has been rocked by mass protests since the presidential vote saw incumbent president All people taken into custody during protests in Minsk are to be released by Friday morning, a Sputnik According to the chairperson, more than 1,000 people have so far been released under the obligation

Editorial. Never in this former Soviet republic has the desire for change been so noticeable, nor the repression so brutal. The European Union must politically support the Belarusian aspirations of free elections.

Editorial of the "World". Evening after evening, in Minsk and in several cities of Belarus, peaceful human chains confront the riot police of the Belarusian dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, since the announcement of the presidential results of August 9, which grant him, against all evidence, a triumphant re-election with 80.2% of the votes. Bursts of tear gas, rubber or live bullets, water cannons, beatings and arrests by the thousands are the response to a breathless regime established in this former Soviet republic more than a quarter of a century ago . Internet shutdowns seek to create panic among peaceful protesters, some sporting flowers or white balloons.

Belarus: the irremovable Lukashenko facing a surprise opponent

 Belarus: the irremovable Lukashenko facing a surprise opponent

In Belarus , law enforcement officers arrested 33 mercenaries from the Russian private military company (PMC) “Wagner,” the state-owned The Wagner group is a private military company (PMC) linked to billionaire Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin , who is known for his ties to the Kremlin .

The leader of the European Belarus civic campaign, a presidential candidate in the 2010 elections, Andrei Sannikov, commented on the In 2016, the European Union lifted the sanctions against the regime, thereby allowing Lukashenka to use repression with impunity. It's time to put an end to it.

Repression in Belarus: "People were lying, like a living carpet, in a pool of blood"

This is not the first time that the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko has imposed a rigged election on his people or that, as in 2010, his electoral masquerade aroused strong protests violently repressed. But never has the longing for change been so noticeable, nor has the repression so brutal. Authorities have admitted that live ammunition was used in Brest, in the west of the country, and have confirmed the deaths of two protesters, including one in prison.

"This could be the end": Belarus goes on strike to bring down Lukashenko

The Belarusian autocrat is so unsure of himself that he has ordered the arrest or removed his main opponents from the presidential election. Threatened, the wife of an imprisoned protestor, Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya, who had dared to challenge him at the polls, was herself forced into exile in Lithuania. The score assigned to it by the regime (9.9%) is inconsistent with the crowds it drew in meetings and observations collected during the count.

election management declares Lukashenko the winner

 election management declares Lukashenko the winner Minsk. The election commission in Belarus has declared head of state Alexander Lukashenko the winner of the presidential election. The 65-year-old achieved 80.23 percent. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tichanovskaya doubts the result. © Sergei Grits Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, voting in a polling station on Sunday. This was announced by election supervisor Lidija Yermoschina on Monday in Minsk as a preliminary result. Lukashenko's opponent, Svetlana Tichanowskaja, only got 9.9 pe

Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus faces threats from all sides as the country decides whether to give him a sixth term as president.

Belarusians seeking to protest against his government have been mostly cut off from the outside world: mobile internet has been throttled and popular During a trip to the city on Monday, she said, she had been unable to reach either Tikhanovskaya or Maria Kalesnikava. “There’s no internet – you

Decree targeted sanctions

His measured speech, limited to the organization of free elections, and the composure of the demonstrators reflect the degree of responsibility and determination of the opposition to the regime. But, without external support, it is unlikely that the street alone will succeed in making Alexander Lukashenko listen to reason, who is in his sixth term as head of the country.

The forced exile of Svetlana Tsikhanovskaïa, Belarusian "Joan of Arc"

For the European Union, the diplomatic equation is delicate. After the post-election crackdown in 2010, the Europeans imposed sanctions on the leaders of the Lukashenko regime. These were lifted in 2016, after the release of the last political prisoners, in the hope of removing the autocrat from the influence of the Kremlin and bringing about reforms. Strategy whose current events show the limits, being a potentate master of the art of playing Brussels against Moscow, and vice versa. Vladimir Putin, who has everything to fear from the fall of an obligator as badly elected as himself, hastened to congratulate Lukashenko. But its support is tied to Minsk's acceptance of deeper integration with Moscow.

For the European Union, which borders Belarus, it is not a question of rallying Minsk or attracting it to the Western camp, but of ensuring respect for the principles of democracy and the rule of law on which it is founded. . The Twenty-Seven must condemn the repression and arbitrary detentions, and politically support the Belarusian aspirations of free elections. The EU must therefore stand ready to decree targeted sanctions against the Lukashenko regime, in order to end as quickly as possible the intolerable: the war of a dictator against his people, in the heart of Europe.

Belarus: Lukashenko orders the police to put an end to the protest .
BI-LORUSSIA-ELECTION: Belarus: Lukashenko orders the police to end the protest © Reuters / ANDREI STASEVICH / BELTA BELARUS: LOUKONACHENKO POLICE TO END DISPUTES by Andrei Makhovsky and Gabriela Baczynska MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday ordered the Interior Ministry to end the unrest that erupted in Minsk after his disputed re-election. "There should be no more disturbances of any kind in Minsk. People are tired.

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