Unexpected Setback for Aleksandr Lukashenko

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.25 - 2024 10:10 AM CET

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Unexpected Setback for Aleksandr Lukashenko.

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In a surprising turn of events, a Belarusian opposition politician has successfully executed a significant action ahead of the election.

This Sunday, the Belarusian populace will head to the polls in what analysts describe as a controlled and undemocratic election.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is expected to remain in power, but he experienced an unexpected setback over the weekend.

Opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya managed to broadcast a regime-critical message on 2,000 screens in public spaces across the country.

She highlighted this achievement via X, formerly known as Twitter.

Former Employees Involved

Tikhanovskaya claims that criticism of Lukashenko's regime was displayed across the country on screens, with the help of former police and security personnel who oppose the regime.

"Today, my speech to the Belarusian people on the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Lukashenko's sham elections was shown on 2,000 screens in public spaces across Belarus. This action was organized by BELPOL, a coalition of former police and security forces," Tikhanovskaya announced.

Ongoing Criticism

The opposition politician continues to criticize the conditions of today's election via social media.

"The so-called election by the Belarusian regime today fails to meet democratic standards, resembling more a military operation against its own citizens, the constitution, and common sense. I urge the people and the international community to categorically reject this sham."

EU Condemnation

EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has condemned what he describes as "the latest wave of repression" in the country.

This comes in light of arrests made in connection with the election.

"Lukashenko's regime continues its deplorable tactics of intimidation and repression against its critics and potential political opponents ahead of the 'election' in February," Borrell stated, according to Financial Times.

"Met with Machine Guns"

Pavel Slukin, a writer for a think tank, vividly describes the ongoing situation in the country.

"When Belarusians exercise their political or civil rights, they risk being visited by unwelcome guests with machine guns in their homes."

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