Belarus Protests

Deepnews Digest

Belarus Protests

A closely watched election on Sunday in Belarus has transformed into a large-scale protest movement after claims of fraud by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko and an outpouring of support for schoolteacher-turned-candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Tikhanovskaya has since left for safety in Lithuania, though demonstrations are now leading to strikes. With a limited number of international correspondents actually on the ground, this mini-Digest pulled in quality pieces to get you caught up.
Published every Friday

Meduza

‘I didn’t think it was all so fragile’ Inside the breakout opposition campaign that turned the Belarusian presidential election on its head

The most unexpected development in this year’s unusually contested presidential race in Belarus has been the Svetlana Tikhanovskaya campaign. A housewife without political ambitions until just months ago, she’s mounted a formidable challenge to Alexander Lukashenko (Alyaksandr Lukashenka), threatening his 26-year reign. Even in small towns far removed from Belarusian politics, Tikhanovskaya’s speeches at rallies draw thousands of people. At Meduza’s request, Belarusian journalist Yan Avseyushkin spent several days with the Tikhanovskaya campaign to try to understand how this team has succeeded where so many others failed.

Read more

Foreign Policy

Why Belarus Is Not Ukraine

Yes, there are surprisingly big protests — like those that rocked Kyiv six years ago — being met with brutal crackdowns. But Belarus is a whole different story.

Read more

The Guardian

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: from ‘Chernobyl child’ in Ireland to political limelight

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the woman who has been catapulted into political stardom in Belarus by her push to dislodge the man often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, may be an accidental challenger, standing in Sunday’s presidential election only because her opposition activist husband Sergei was arrested.

Read more

Euronews

What is Nexta — the Telegram channel reporting on Belarus’ protests?

Nexta, a Belarus-based online media, has become a key source of information for many as reports said internet service had been “significantly disrupted” in the country since Sunday’s elections.

Read more

EFE

Belarus Opposition Demands Lukashenko Hand over Power

MOSCOW – Belarus’s opposition has rejected the victory declared by President Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s elections and called on him to start negotiations for the peaceful surrender of power within two weeks.

Read more

BBC

Shocked by violence, Belarusians lose their fear

Seeing police brutality up close has shocked Belarusians, first during the street clashes with protesters and then as accounts spread of cruelty towards those taken to detention centres.

Read more

Reuters

Workers from state factories join mass protests against Belarus president

MINSK – Workers from state-run industrial plants joined tens of thousands of people on a fifth day of protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, despite a violent crackdown that has prompted the West to consider new sanctions.

Read more

Global Voices

Meet the artist embroidering Belarus’s protests

At first glance, no two words may seem as far removed as protest and embroidery. But in Belarus, where the opposition is disputing Alexander Lukashenka’s hold on power after the August 9 presidential election, the revolution is not being just being broadcast over social media — it’s being embroidered.

Read more

RFE/RL

Nobel Laureate Alexievich Says Lukashenka Has ‘Declared War’ On Belarusian People

The Belarusian Nobel Prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich has condemned brutal police violence against demonstrators across Belarus, saying “the authorities have declared war on their people” and the President Alyaksandr Lukashenka should step down from power to prevent a bloody civil war.

Read more

Bloomberg

Belarus Could Become Europe’s Next Nightmare

The EU has no good options there. Either it supports a dictator, or it risks inviting Russian aggression, possibly ending in “Ukraine 2.0.”

Read more