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Over the past days, Belarus, an eastern European state bordering with Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, has become a scene of a new regime change attempt on the territory of the former USSR.
On August 9, the country held presidential elections and saw a dramatic increase of activity of opposition forces. The mobilized opposition and the wide-scale pro-opposition campaign in international and local media that took place exploited the existing issues in the economic and social sphere of the country as well as the general dissatisfaction of a part of the population with the corruption and fossilized elites, represented by acting President Alexander Lukashenko.
Despite this, preliminary results showed that Lukashenko received approximately 80% of votes, while the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received about 10% of the ballots. Over 4% of voters chose the “against all candidates” option. The election turnout was 84.23%. Even if one imagines mass falsifications during the election process, that may lead to a 15-20% increase of the result of Lukashenko, the election became a major failure for opposition forces.
Nevertheless, the history of various coups around the world demonstrates that a consolidated and well-coordinated aggressive minority can seize power if it faces no proper response to its actions from the government. Such situation happened during the so-called ‘Maidan’ coup in Ukraine in 2014, when an aggressive group of radical nationalists supported by foreign forces exploited the criminal inaction of the Yanukovich government. The overwhelming majority of the population did not support the coup and the further violence that expanded throughout Ukraine. Nonetheless, the silent majority became a victim of the aggressive and vocal minority.
No surprise, the opposition immediately declared the election rigged and did not recognize its results. Violent protests started in Minsk and other large cities of Belarus. On August 9 and August 10, the protests strike force, led by radical Belarusian nationalists and leftist Antifa groups, clashed with police throwing at them rocks, bottles and beating isolated police officers. Well-coordinated mobile groups of protesters tried to block local voting places and allegedly threw at least several petrol bombs at security personnel. However, reports about the usage of so-called Molotov cocktails are yet to be confirmed.
Security forces responded with an increase of security measures across the country, the establishment of additional checkpoints and the usage of tear gas and rubber bullets. According to the country’s Ministry of the Interior, dozens of police officers and protesters were injured in the clashes. Authorities also said that a protester died from wounds received when an explosive device blew up in his hand. He was allegedly planning to throw it at security forces.
A network of social media accounts, many of them operated from places outside Belarus, like Poland and the Baltic states, with support from mainstream media outlets try to paint the picture of the total collapse of the government, releasing instructions for rioters, personal data of police officers, and spreading fake news about Lukashenko supposedly fleeing Belarus. A special topic covered by these media outlets is the use of violence against the allegedly peaceful protesters. How groups of radicals provoking and attacking police officers could be peaceful remains out of the question. Pro-coup media also promote the idea of national-wide strike starting on August 11.
At the same time, according to local sources and evidence from the site of clashes, the Belarusian law enforcement has demonstrated a high motivation to act decisively in their effort to stop the spread of the chaos. President Lukashenko, regardless the criticism of his economic or political strategies, apparently learnt the lessons of history and is taking active steps to prevent the coup.
The United States and the European Union already declared the elections in Belarus ‘unfair’ and ‘not independent’. As of August 11, the main Belarusian opposition candidate, Tikhanovskaya, and several top members of her campaign fled to Lithuania, from where they are making loud statements calling for what she calls ‘revolution’.
The pro-Western, neo-liberal part of the Russian opposition also held a rally in support of the coup attempt in Belarus in the front of the Belarusian embassy in Moscow.
Just a few weeks ago, Lukashenko was publicly flirting with Washington & Co and making anti-Russian statements. With the start of the election crisis, his new friends immediately betrayed him and in fact support the ongoing coup attempt. This once again demonstrated that arrangements with the Washington establishment and the European bureaucrats are not worth a row of beans.
The dividing line between constructive national forces and the coalition of various neo-liberal, pro-Western factions and radical nationalists financed by the West and trying to seize the power by any means once again became especially evident.
If the so-called ‘supporters of democracy’ achieve a victory, the area of instability currently localized in Ukraine will expand into Belarus and may ignite fires in all over eastern Europe, including the European part of Russia.
All sovereign leaders will learn the lesson that Gaddafi did not learn, the Empire will never forgive or forgets the disobedient.
The show is not done yet. Lukashenko might learn a very big lesson soon.
Such sovreign much independent
Not enough division. All global geopolitical powerbrokers remain silent about the nature of Ziowahhabi terrorism in the Middle East, which replicates itself in other formd around the planet, at least so far. Unless there’s a clear break with that world order, places like Belarus will remain focal points of destabilisation ops like that.
Who says. I dont. Only the ones depended of the Russians say so.
They are allowed to be connected well with the rest of in Europe and not as a vasal of USSR.
Give them the right to decide themselves. Thats exact what You deny making contrast.
I can see many in that Region Russian included has big problems, so let them solve it in peace and unite more or less with whover the want.
Putting in rabbits whatever again and again mainly tell You dont want to improve Your own situation and hope others should go down to Your miserable level. Jews and many others dont have that fatalistic way of life pested with own made dark of cholera and own produced dirt.
Nazis Maidan gangster expelled Yakunovich in Kiev but most of the 15.000 Ukrainian soldiers death in Donbass are conscript and profesional soldiers…they are dying to preserve Gansters and Oligarchs interest!
And the farmers and miners die to preserve gangsters and oligarchs in Moscow so they can offer Putin expensive watches.
Moscow are constantly send aid, money and investment…while Ukraine gangsters only could offer them poverty .
Moscow is sending in Donbas gangsters who assasinate each other.
Its is Kiev who send gangster because they cannot defeat in a war face to face vs Donbass army&militia
Then Putin info services = 0
West didnt make them. They were grown in the garden of rotten apples named USSR.
u make nothing—u submissively asked the nazis to colonize you, now it is the amerikans
Writing so much about Belarus it’s a sign of global lack of subjects
I see it as so many things are not solved and more are made.
Yes, since Denmark allowed the Russian ship to lay down pipes there :)
Cheap gas > expensive gas with “FrEeDom” :)
USA has a large market, everybody wants to enter there to sell products, Russia on the other hand…. So,in order to sell your products in USA you have to buy theirs. Is that simple.
“everybody wants to enter there to sell products” I’m being a bitch BUT two things, one US wants to control the oil market and second one being that’s not how trading works. USA is not being flooded with goods from other countries, USA companies buys a lot of goods (components) and resell them to others (companies/countries), or just put the last pieces in US and resell it (it a very higher price…ofc). E.g Ford cars.
A lot of US goods are not made in US and if a “friendly” country don’t buy US weapons and buys Russia or China…well good fuking luck. Why would you use Russia tho and not EU?
“So,in order to sell your products in USA you have to buy theirs.” No, you have to obey them, you have sell yourself to them, you have follow their orders in UN, buy their goods only, make a military base in your country for them to fuk you up later. E.g. Japan It is not that simple.
Anyway you want your goods on USA market, you want to play their game. And where they build a military base, investitions follows, the Eastern Europe can relate.
“you want to play their game” NO LMFAO I only play N.Korean games >:) “investitions follows” so those the school shootings.
“the Eastern Europe can relate.” Ahhh yea the good old Neo-nazi wannabe.
“Anyway you want your goods on USA market.” US is ranked one for importers of goods follow by China, Germany and Japan. 2017: USA = $2,409 ($B) China = $1,842 Germany = $1,167 Japan = $672
No, US market is not the only market in the world bud, as the time goes China would take that spot or India, China makes a lot of goods that’s why they are not the 1st yet. But the same time US companies wants cheap workers A.K.A Asians workers, China being one of those…US need China for cheap workers —> do you know how companies have to pay an American workers an hour, compare it to a Chinese worker.
EU don’t like China or Russia and see ME as hot shit, so just feed the fat pigs.
Good luck on entering China market, you have to deal with the bank they chose for you and that after you bribed some high officials.
I have heard about EU market. Yes, I don’t disagree with how open US market are…but what the fuk Trump is doing? The big gang companies aren’t just going to stop using cheap workers from Asia.
They shoyld move in Nam and other countries eventually.
Did you watched the video that (SF) linked in (LEBANON: CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO SYSTEMS)?
The point being is no one is the “good” guy, I’m sure as hell US isn’t even trying to look good now. US will understand that they can’t bully other countries like British did back then. You and I will live through this power change…maybe even a war. Btw S-HELL (oil) company is in so many countries don’t worry.
I’m living in a country that benefits from USA activities but I understand those who suffer from their malign activities also. It’s not about bad and evil, it’s about money.
“I’m living in a country that benefits from USA activities.” Where the fuk do you live…Israel? What do you mean by “benefits from USA activities”? “It’s not about bad and evil, it’s about money.” I don’t like the stupid people who back US/Israel government and think of them as the “angles”. True, It was about money and it will be about money no matter what. We are dealing with a snake (US) and once it got bit by another snake (China) it will comes for us.
Well, I like dollars more than rubles, and I’m not the only one. Maybe I like green because I’m a reptilian.
Mark Zuckerberg wtf are doing here.
Recruiting young talents and hunting unbaptized children.
sign me up
this is bullshit, can’t even share in fb messenger now… posting screenshots anyways lol https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f52c498a1cbd7c4d10452cdbb4900b14b07ff5141a9a64bc88759e495dbb5142.png
more American efforts to destabilize another nation—the failing US empire is desperate
I am soooo looking forward to the anarchy and violence that will engulf the USA after the presidential election :)
Would Jews dare to steal the election in plain day light?
Whatever they do, they’ll say: Putin did it !
Would most Americans even notice? Their cognitive lights have been fused by Hollywood for generations.
In fact, in the JewSA the wrong is the new right.
USSR destabilized and collapsed it. Nobody else did. Almost dead WW2 warlords runned it only looking back.
again u humiliate yourself—not enough hash and meth in christaintna today?
The aggressors are always the same everywhere, they are the hitmen of the western oligarchic regime, where a small group of big-nosed billionaires, those who seek global domination at the expense of the peoples, are controlling the entire West, it is becoming evident that for the peoples who they do not intend to be governed by private finance. This struggle is a matter of mere survival, it is a real war, and must be fought by any means necessary.
And westerns runned USSR even before it collapsed. Arrrh I forgot: Jews runs the westerns too and You runs nothing:)
It looks like another Western color revolution to me. Mow down the leftists and tell the rightest to go home and fuck their wives.
I dont see that. They want to be themself as Country but not with the despot from old days.
Or instead why don’t they stay and fuck their “leftist” -“rebel” friends being all (“left”& “right”) Soros well paid faggots and professional “revolutionaries” and all
Here the obvious choise again is denyed. The Bellrussians want to be themselves, so its fake they want west, EU, Na´t and USA.
Facts are they by that wont join the collapsed USSR and be theor own.
No more Russian Neovolonialisme to west of Berlin and no more Iron curtains.
I speak for Denmark in this: We will defend small and weak states along the Baltics being friends and unfriends with them and trade from with Finland and Poland. Those never has asked to be Russians and Russian still deny to understand any will have a father or mother like them.
Celebrating the big Fatherland war was nor for them but the opposite. They even before WW2 and Barbarossa was forced into Russia and many citicens were killed, hailed and deported.
Next came the Nazis took which they didnt like. An next Stalin came back punishing those leftovers an militarized it all over and made it into a russian soldiers refugium. Many do remember Warzaw taken back as well.
So even Ukraine as well as Bellruss are not nearbuy I decide, they has the right to decide to find themselves and connect with, which they want. And if needed I as Natomember wil give a helpig hand.
says the coca colonized citizen of the American colony—belarussians r Russians, linguistically and culturally…u durak
I didnt decide USSR should decideUSSR did. I also dont decide what the Bellarussians. They shall.
And as Dane we let Iceland and Norway be their own in peace and Norway even choose a Danish Pronze as their own King.
We also today has Greenland and Faroe Islands as highly autonomes with a lot of local independensy. None of them want to leave us and are allowed to have their own reasons for it.
So thats how it is here even we have almost the same linquistics and culture.
EU dont want those Bellarus primitive farmers. We already has too much cheep food, and integrating the rest of the ruins of the USSR collapse will be a hard and long time expensive job for many many years.
Therefore nothing is forced from here. We just want them to decide themself in their own minds. Thats culture and linquistics here.
And yes, off course USA are regrouping i Europe and also trying to demand us to pay more for military forces. Thats normal devellopment. It do make sense we as relative wealthy should pay more and USA should pay less.
We as EU dont need Russians more then we have today. We buy minerals and some corn, so why try to integrate Russians.
Many of us still remember Stalin and Hitler sharing Eastern Europe among them and before that also, that the Nazis could not have taken Western Europe from 1939 to 1941 as they did without the man gigatons of food, coal, iron and nikel. The Nazis only had a good peacefull friend there until Barbarossa.
Why do you talk to Wahhabi moderate oppositionist? Don’t waste your time.
This is no dating site. Others read it too. Actually it semes many do.
Belarus is largely irrelevant…I doubt they wish to be Nazi like Ukraine or sexually repressed catholics like the Poles and certainlynly not sexually repressed puritan protestants like the Danes or amerikans
This is all staged by west, meaning America. Lukashenko shouldn’t shake hands with the devil fat Pompeo.
Actually the Bellarussians are camouflaged jews having sold their curly hair for organ transplantation.
Soros and other Western monkeys have already seen the second “Maidan” and their taking of power in Belarus.. Instead it has turned out to be their premature ejaculation… all that misplaced premature joy.
Learn the lesson of 1989 Tikhanovskaya for with her life but her top supporters and their kids remain, they all can’t run away.
Sorry but EU/USA will not move any finger to save pro western oposition and nacionalist in Belarus!… 1º EU face economic problem dont need new packs of inmigrants 2º NATO prefer an antiRussian dictator in power instead of Pro western puppet ..3º In case of chaos Russia will send troops to protect its military assets, border near Kaliningrad and Belarus/Ukraine border…
You are clueless for what you write and better stop judging. The elections were massively rigged and not like by 15-20% as you “estimate”. There have been official protocols of results with 80/20 against (!!!!) Lukashenko. There was no opposition or organized whatever nonsense you write about. The alternative candidate was forced into the campaign and was a housewife 3 months ago who noone knew about. And her only thesis of the election campaign was to arrange new elections and make them fair. She openly said that she does not want to be a president. Your analytics is such low quality that I cannot believe it
This piece is retarded. I am Belarus insider. I do know that incumbent president has lost all support among all social classes but the army. The protests in Belarus have nothing in common with Maidan or other western projects.
Whoever wrote the piece can rot in hell together with Lukashenko. You fucking moron.
Alek, do not worry. This is a pro-russian site. I had a comment re real situation in Belarus already and it was deleted. Do not waste your energy here
Garbage article, pro-kremlin promo piece. I am all for freedom and against foreign interference but this article is heavily biased against the opposition of a 25 year incumbent dictator, and trying to paint the vote outcome as legitimate while completely omitting why/how Tikhanovskaya was allowed to run against incumbent dictator in first place and not disappeared or in exile in timely manner, as other political opponents have in the past.
This is all I need to see SouthFront is a big bunch of crap.