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Tens of Thousands Join Belarus Protests, Leaving Strongman Increasingly Isolated


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Tens of Thousands Join Belarus Protests, Leaving Strongman Increasingly Isolated

'“We have woken up to the fact that we want to be free, we want to he human. The government believed that they are gods and we are nothing.” OLGA V. GOLOVANOVA, Belarus economist who rallied against Pres Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s efforts to stay in power.'

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/16/todayspaper/quotation-of-the-day-tens-of-thousands-join-belarus-protests-leaving-strongman-increasingly-isolated.html

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No Longer Cowed, Belarus Has Message for Once-Mighty Dictator: ‘Go Away!’

As even his base starts to desert him after protests over a rigged election were met with brutality, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s 26-year grip on power may be slipping.

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko  has ruled Belarus for 26 years, backed by an expansive, brutal and unwaveringly loyal security apparatus.

“At the moment, the only issue that matters to us is the president,” said Sergei Drilevsky, the leader of a strike committee at the Minsk Tractor Works. Calls for a new election, the release of protesters detained last week and other demands all flow from the need to address “the dictator’s attempts to stay in power,” he said.'

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/17/world/europe/belarus-lukashenko-protests.html

 

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"After passing through a Belarusian border checkpoint...Ms. Kolesnikova grabbed her passport and started shouting that she was not going anywhere. She tore the passport into small pieces and threw them out of the window."

Opposition Leader in Belarus Averts Expulsion by Tearing Up Passport

Maria Kolesnikova, who was abducted on Monday by Belarusian security agents, found a way to foil their plans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/world/europe/belarus-maria-kolesnikova.html

 

Maria Kolesnikova, center, at a protest in Minsk, Belarus, last month. She foiled a plan to expel her to Ukraine by tearing up her passport.

 

 

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"More than 100,000 people are on the streets of #Minsk, as @nashaniva estimates. But thousands of people are also joining from various neighbourhoods. No, it doesn't stop in spite of all brutality. #Lukashenko's security forces resources are not without limits, it's definitely expensive"
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