Weekend Reads Belarus: "It is clear that Lukashenko must go", says Macron

13:20  27 september  2020
13:20  27 september  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

'I was preparing myself to be executed': Belarus protesters recall police detention in Minsk

  'I was preparing myself to be executed': Belarus protesters recall police detention in Minsk Warning: The story contains graphic imagery. The hideous purple and black bruises on Amir al Haidar's lower back and buttocks were inflicted with such ferocity that he believed he might never recover from them. "I was preparing myself to be executed," al Haidar told CBC News. "I was beaten nearly 10 times, maybe more." Al Haidar, 34, and his wife, Anastasia Sheibak, 33, are among the many thousands in Belarus who have endured what Human Rights Watch characterizes as torture at the hands of government security forces loyal to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country for 26 years.

" It is clear that Lukashenko must go ." Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei accused Western countries on Saturday of attempting to sow "chaos and The European Union said on Thursday Lukashenko was not the president of Belarus . Russia, Belarus 's closest ally, said the EU

  Belarus: « Il est clair que Loukachenko doit partir », affirme Macron © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashneko, "must go", affirms the French president Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with the "Sunday Newspaper" .

"What is happening in Belarus is a crisis of power, an authoritarian power which cannot accept the logic of democracy and which hangs on by force. It is clear that Lukashenko must leave ”, declared Emmanuel Macron, quoted Sunday by the newspaper.

Putin's secret strategy to bring Lukashenko to his knees “The courage of the demonstrators”

The French president also says he is “impressed by the courage of the demonstrators” in Belarus. "They know the risks they take by parading every weekend and yet, they are continuing the movement to bring democracy to life in this country which has been deprived of it for so long", adds Emmanuel Macron, for whom "women in in particular, which parade every Saturday, command respect ”.

Women are protesting against Lukashenko again

 Women are protesting against Lukashenko again They won't let themselves get them down: women in Belarus are protesting fearlessly against "Europe's last dictatorship". Like a week ago, there are brutal arrests, including a symbolic figure. © Tut.By/AP Photo / picture-alliance Unfortunately, the pictures repeat themselves: Again women are arrested in Minsk for demanding democracy Despite threats of violence from the police in Belarus, women in Minsk have marched again gathered against head of state Alexander Lukashenko.

More than 90 people, mostly women, were arrested during opposition rallies on Saturday, an NGO said.

Regarding the role of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the search for a solution to the political crisis after the disputed re-election of President Lukashenko on August 9, Emmanuel Macron considers that we are still far from the mark.

“I happened to speak to Vladimir Putin on September 14, the day he received Lukashenko in Sochi. I told him that Russia has a role to play, and that role can be positive if he pushes Lukashenko to respect the truth of the ballot box and to release political prisoners. It was a fortnight ago, we are not there, "said the French president, quoted by the newspaper.

Belarus: Opponent and Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich calls on Putin for help A meeting with Tikhanovskaya?

Emmanuel Macron will make his first visit from Monday to Wednesday to Lithuania and Latvia, two Baltic states which hope for his support in the face of the political crisis in Belarus and Russian pressure.

To stabilize its neighbor Belarus, Poland asks the EU to inject 1 billion euros in support

 To stabilize its neighbor Belarus, Poland asks the EU to inject 1 billion euros in support © Provided by La Tribune Monster demonstration in Minsk, capital of Belarus, on September 13, against the rigging of recent elections, the fraudulent re-election of President Lukashenko, and police violence. Poland announced Thursday that it will ask the European Union to set up a stabilization fund for Belarus worth at least 1 billion euros, amid the unprecedented protests shaking this country following a contested presidential election.

Both the EU and the Baltic countries have not recognized his election and Lithuania has given refuge to Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

The French presidency has indicated that it is "not excluded" that the French president will meet the Belarusian opponent in Vilnius.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told Le Figaro on Thursday that she "expects a lot" from Emmanuel Macron and hopes that he "is committed to helping us break the deadlock".

France calls for a peaceful transition for Belarus, with the end of the repression and then by the initiation of a dialogue taking into account the will of the population, "while avoiding the risk of greater repression, or even of Russia, ”recalled the French presidency.

Faced with dictatorship, the loneliness of Belarusians

Diplomatic path strewn with pitfalls for the leader of the Belarusian opposition .
© Provided by Le Point New to politics a few months ago, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa joined the first European diplomatic league at the risk of undermining its own cause, analysts say. After meeting French President Emmanuel Macron this week, the opponent, who claims victory in the presidential election in Belarus in August, is expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel shortly.

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