Brotherly people…? Should we then expect “fraternal assistance” from the Kremlin to Belarus? Like the fraternal assistance the Soviet Union provided to Czechoslovakia in 1968? https://t.co/0gSdG5Ll6q
— Daniel Fried (@AmbDanFried) August 13, 2020
Belarus is reminiscent of Ukraine during the Orange Revolution and Maidan, analyst Anders Åslund tweeted. Lukashenko appears to have crossed a line as Yanukovych did on January 16, 2014 with his dictatorship laws. His legitimacy seems to be gone. My sense is that Lukashenko will fall within 3 months.
But even though its ongoing protests are surprisingly big, Belarus under President Aleksandr Lukashenko is a whole different ballgame than Viktor Yanukovych’s Ukraine, FP’s Amy Mackinnon reports in Not Maidan.
Doctors in Mogilev are walking out with pictures of all wounded protesters depicting horrible wounds received through beatings, stun grenades and rubber bullets, the Belarus Free theater tweeted (below).
While Lukashenka’s repression continues unabated, impacting Belarus and protesting Belarusians, the main opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was forced to flee Belarus under duress to Lithuania for refuge. Meanwhile, the international response to the election has been mixed with China and Russia quickly congratulating Lukashenka and the EU, United States, and transatlantic partners calling the elections fraudulent, condemning and urging an end to Lukashenka’s unconscionable violent crackdown of Belarusians, RFE/RL adds.
More people joined the Women’s march today. It looks really powerful. pic.twitter.com/z86kjhZtXq
— Franak Viačorka (@franakviacorka) August 13, 2020
Join the German Marshall Fund of the United State’s (GMF) Frontlines of Democracy Initiative and GMF’s Warsaw Office for a critical and timely discussion focused on the outcome of August 9 presidential election, the current situation on the ground in Belarus, and what comes next for Belarusians and Lukashenka as the protests continue.
Wednesday, August 18, 2020. 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CEST
Anna Maria Dyner, Analyst, Belarus and security policy of the Russian Federation, International Security Programme, PISM
Joerg Forbrig, Senior Fellow and Director for Central and Eastern Europe, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Jonathan Katz, Senior Fellow, Frontlines of Democracy Initiative, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Veranika Laputska, Co-founder, EAST Center and Rethink.CEE Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Doctors in #Mogilev are walking out with pictures of all wounded protests who were brought to them depicting their horrible wounds received through beatings, stun grenades and rubber bullets. #Belarus pic.twitter.com/nDirfOdgIY
— Belarus Free Theatre (@BFreeTheatre) August 13, 2020