From 9 August in Belarus don’t cease street protests over the results of presidential elections in which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. The fifth day of the Belarusians to come to the meeting to win the right to fair elections, but there are only unjustified aggression by the security forces, who beat and shoot peaceful protesters.
Of course, the events in Belarus have responded around the world. “Apostrophe” researched and compiled the most impressive opinions of experts in the international press.
“Belarusian protests are a real threat to Lukashenko,” wrote Christian Tripp in his column for Deutsche Welle.
“European officials should rethink their policy and to impose sanctions against Belarus over election fraud and brutal attacks on the opposition. The EU needs to pay more attention to the Belarusian society that focuses on the EU and its allies.”
“Belarus has shown tyrants a lesson in how not to do. Lukashenko approaches its end by their own mistakes”, – the expert writes Bloomberg Clara Ferreira Marques.
“Every totalitarian regime die on its own, and it’s hard to predict what will die next. However, it is clear that for the Belarusian regime, the end has already begun,” she says.
Populist Lukashenko stayed 26 years and rules in the style of Soviet authoritarian leader. After a street confrontation will start repressions. But this time, Lukashenko has made some important mistakes. The first – he very underestimated the opposition. The second his officials went overboard with the election results. Even despite the threat from Moscow, Lukashenko’s grip is weakening, says Marquez.
“Long-term protests in Belarus can lead to serious confrontations with Russia,” – says the expert StraitsTimes Jonathan to Evel. “The anti-government protests in Belarus can “to die”. In the end, the country has experienced 10 years ago. But if they continue, Europe will soon be in confrontation with Russia over its actions identical to those that occurred in Ukraine in 2014″.
And here is the English version of the Belarusian government publication “BelTA” continues to bend the line. The publication, which places, probably, the largest number of English-language blogs about Belarus, wrote, for example, is: “This is the seventh attempt to organize a “coloured revolution in Belarus” – quoted journalists of Belarusian political analyst Alexei Zemanta.
“Because of the suppression of the democratic opposition of Belarus will become even more isolated than it was,” – writes in his column on AtlanticCouncil Peter Dixon, chief editor of the magazine UkraineAlert.
In a congratulation of Vladimir Putin heard a strong hint that further support of the Kremlin will depend on deeper integration of Belarus into Russia, the expert adds. “The current standoff is the biggest challenge for Alexander Lukashenko for a quarter of a century, and it can only emerge,” writes Dixon.
The fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has column published in Euractive. “Belarus should not be a province of the Russian neo-Empire,” he wrote. Poroshenko called Ukraine, along with other members of the “triangle of Lublin” (Poland and Lithuania), to send special representatives to Belarus.
But, it should be noted that the protests in Belarus are interested in not only the big players – they raised a wave of headlines around the world. For example, the publication of the independent Republic of Ireland IrishExaminer in his editorial (column on behalf of the editors) described Lukashenko as “Putin’s puppet” and writes that he clings to power.
Indian newspaper the Hindu published editorial with the title “Chaos and violence in Minsk on the elections in Belarus.”
Reporters noted that in recent years Belarus, which had close political and cultural ties with Russia, increasingly closer to the West. This coincided with the aggravation of confrontation between Moscow and Washington.
“Since the beginning of the protests, Western countries called for reconciliation. But Moscow immediately announced his intention to strengthen ties,” emphasize Indian journalists. “Lukashenko should in the end make the decision – he wants at any price to extend their 26-year reign, or to ensure the formation of a legitimate government,” the journalists conclude.