Belarus | Week 21 of protests (27 December – 3 January)

Lukashenko became an honorary OMON officer

3 January 2021 | BYHelp-Mediagroup
Source: Voice of Belarus. Cover photos: taken from the video

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The dictator received a black beret from the hands of the loyal OMON chief Dmitry Balaba. Lukashenko said that “until the last OMON officer tells him to leave,” he will continue to hold on to power. By that he has finally confirmed that he is pinning his hopes exclusively on the security forces.

Meanwhile, more and more evidence is emerging about the lawlessness of the security forces and politically motivated cases against Lukashenko’s opponents. In particular, an audio recording has been leaked on the internet where the ex-Minister of Internal Affairs Yury Karaieu is saying that Siarhei Tsikhanouski (one of Lukashenko’s main opponents in the elections) must be put by hook or by crook as a particularly dangerous criminal: “There is no crime we can charge him with – we need to invent one and jail him for a long time… Let him croak there!”

In order to reassert his legitimacy, Lukashenko is intensively preparing for the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly. However, there are already available documents indicating that only specially selected officials, representatives of pro-government organizations and ideologists of enterprises will get to the assembly. Many of the so-called “delegates” were on election commissions this summer and took part in rigging the presidential elections.

Before the New Year, all Belarusians made “one common wish” which is understood unanimously as the removal of Alexander Lukashenko from power. And in order for this wish to come true, hundreds of people go out to protest actions every day. Millions of Belarusians ignored the congratulatory speech of the dictator on New Year’s Eve where he again asked to “turn the page.” They preferred New Year’s greetings from Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who became the Belarusian national leader after the elections.

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