Belarus | Week 24 of protests (18–24 January)

A dictator without hockey: Lukashenko’s favorite toy was taken away

24 January 2021 | Voice of Belarus
Source: Voice of Belarus. Cover photos: taken from the video

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The International Ice Hockey Federation deprived Minsk of the right to host the World Championship. The dictator creates an unbearable reality for an entire nation instead of withdrawing from the political arena and engaging in his favourite chopping of firewood in the village. The mother of the murdered Raman Bandarenka cannot get the truth from the law enforcement agencies – a criminal case has ever been opened. Out of desperation, a young man committed self-immolation in the main square. Blogger Ihar Losik starved in prison for 41 days to protest his unlawful arrest. On 18 January, there were 185 political prisoners in the country.

The lawlessness going on in the country was highlighted by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Pavel Latushka, head of the National Crisis Management Agency, in their speeches to the UN Security Council. They called on the members of the Security Council to intervene in the crisis in Belarus. Meanwhile, Lukashenko’s “wallets” are trying hard to avoid being added to the sanctions lists and are transferring the ownership of their assets to their relatives and subordinates. 

Belarusians continue to resist and chant: “The protest will stop when the dictator croaks.”

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