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CNN: As Belarusians take to the streets, authoritarian leaders rally behind Lukashenko

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As Belarusians take to the streets, authoritarian leaders rally behind Lukashenko


Sometimes, you know a dictator by the company they keep.


Though thousands of Belarusians took to the streets to demonstrate against what they see as Sunday's blatantly rigged presidential election, President Alexander Lukashenko could at least bask in the congratulations of his fellow autocrats.

On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to Lukashenko on his re-election. According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, Xi "extended warm congratulations and best wishes" to his Belarusian counterpart.

The Kremlin also had warm words. In a congratulatory message, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday's vote "undoubtedly meets the fundamental interests of the fraternal peoples of Russia and Belarus," and promised "mutually beneficial Russian-Belarusian relations in all areas."






Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanouskaya in Lithuania says foreign minister


Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has travelled to Lithuania from Belarus amid the protests and is safe, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.


Tikhanouskaya emerged as Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival at Sunday’s presidential election.


Her team had been unable to reach her by phone on Monday after she left the election commission building. Earlier she told reporters she considered herself to have won the election, not Lukashenko.









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Joe Biden’s statement on Belarus:


“Democracies are built on the simple concept that citizens have a right to elect their leaders and have a say in their country’s future. After suffering systematic repression for the past 26 years under the authoritarian regime of President Alexander Lukashenka, the people of Belarus are demanding their voices be heard.

“After a presidential election marred by electoral fraud, citizens peacefully protesting to demand an accurate vote count are now being met with riot police using stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. The Lukashenka regime has cut internet access, arrested protesters and independent journalists, and tried to muzzle foreign observers. These are not the actions of a political leader confident that he has won a fairly conducted election. But thanks to brave citizens — journalists, activists, and ordinary people documenting these extraordinary events — we know the truth about the assaults on democracy being committed by the regime.

“I stand with those who are calling for a transparent and accurate vote count and the release of all political prisoners. I also call on President Lukashenka to respect the rights of peaceful protestors and to refrain from further violence. My administration will never shy away from standing up for democratic principles and human rights, and we will work with our democratic allies and partners to speak with one voice in demanding these rights be respected.”


Donald Trump’s statement on Belarus:




















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On 8/13/2020 at 12:54 AM, PokerPacker said:

This world is defective.  Can we take it back for a new one?


Make sure you save any data you don't want to lose before using the recovery partition. 

On 8/17/2020 at 7:18 PM, visionary said:

Has Trump said much about Belarus yet?


He wouldnt congratulate him before confirming he's staying in power.

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From what I'm hearing Belarus is in a precarious place being caught between a rock and a hard place. They do not want to be part of the EU which gives the EU little incentive to help them and they have basically conceded Russia will be calling the shots. 

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