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As expected current Belarusian dictator Lukashenko cheated the elections again. He didn't even try to make it believable and gave himself 80% against 6.8% for opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Near the end of the election day internet in Belarus was terminated and capital Minsk completely surrounded and closed off by military troops.




No foreign observers were allowed at the elections. Some of the irregularities captured by Belarusians:


 

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How do people vote in Belarus? Electronic ballots, paper or via posts? Are there election observers from other parties and regional bodies when counting the ballots? Are there no Constitutional limitations to his terms - who rules since we were in primary school as if new leaders are not born each day.

Power hungry, greedy leaders who hold on to power still think we are in the 80s where they could wheel out their propaganda machines and brainwash the majority. Thankfully social media and mobile phones have changed things for the best. People are more informed.
 

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How do people vote in Belarus? Electronic ballots, paper or via posts? Are there election observers from other parties and regional bodies when counting the ballots? Are there no Constitutional limitations to his terms - who rules since we were in primary school as if new leaders are not born each day.

Power hungry, greedy leaders who hold on to power still think we are in the 80s where they could wheel out their propaganda machines and brainwash the majority. Thankfully social media and mobile phones have changed things for the best. People are more informed.
Is that a joke?
 

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Reminds me of the Belarussian antagonist in this awfully cheesy, but fun, action film

 

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I can't believe such insane dictatorship still exists in Europe. Lukashenko may very well end like Ceausescu at this rate.
 

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Is that a joke?
Voters are certainly more informed in Belarus than in Russia. The opposition lady was the wife of some guy famous on Social Media. Belarus doesn't have vast state controlled social media channels like Russia does. However, if you take away internet then any kind of revolt is pretty difficult to organize, thus all he needs to do is use that weapon whenever an unrest awakens.

As long as Belarus is best friends with Russia and Russia is ran by Putin, nothing will change. Even if the whole population is woke. Lukashenko only needs people that sit in the office and Big Daddy to be behind him.
 
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How do people vote in Belarus? Electronic ballots, paper or via posts? Are there election observers from other parties and regional bodies when counting the ballots? Are there no Constitutional limitations to his terms - who rules since we were in primary school as if new leaders are not born each day.

Power hungry, greedy leaders who hold on to power still think we are in the 80s where they could wheel out their propaganda machines and brainwash the majority. Thankfully social media and mobile phones have changed things for the best. People are more informed.
People vote by paper. In this vid you can see another tactic used, putting a small dot behind Lukashenko's name so any ballot not voting for him is invalid (I can't verify if this is true or how massively it was used though):


There were no independent election observers allowed and Belarusians who did it themselves and were caught got a 10-day prison sentence for 'police obstruction', apparently a common tactic.
 
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Little background info to all of this:

Lukashenko has been in power for 26 years now. He has complete control over all branches of the government, the military, police and intelligence services and election outcomes. He has 'won' all his elections with around 80% in that time. Before this election the complete opposition was thrown in jail and they decided to stand behind one representative to have as much impact and support as possible. That is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the wife of one of them, who probably was seen as less of a threat because she is a housewife with no political experience (still her campaign manager and 8 staff workers were arrested last sunday). It was very clear by the hundred thousands of autographs the opposition collected and from the huge manifestations they held they have massive support and there is no way Lukashenko could have realistically won with 80%.
The reason the Belarusians are more rebellious this year than ever in Lukashenko's reign is because they are done with the stagnant economy and the political repression. The final drop however was the completely careless way Lukashenko handled the corona crisis.


The 'official' election outcome:


Tikhanovskaya claims she won on the basis of 20 polling stations that stepped out of line of government protocol and brought the real results. She is not accepting defeat and calls for continued protests.
 
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What a farce
 
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Voters are certainly more informed in Belarus than in Russia. The opposition lady was the wife of some guy famous on Social Media. Belarus doesn't have vast state controlled social media channels like Russia does. However, if you take away internet then any kind of revolt is pretty difficult to organize, thus all he needs to do is use that weapon whenever an unrest awakens.

As long as Belarus is best friends with Russia and Russia is ran by Putin, nothing will change. Even if the whole population is woke. Lukashenko only needs people that sit in the office and Big Daddy to be behind him.
Another reason Lukashenko feels extra threatened: his friendship with Putin has severely strained in recent times. Apparently Putin asked for closer economical and political integration between the two countries and Lukashenko refused.
However that doesn't mean Putin has any advantage in a regime change. It is not in Russia's interest to have a politically unstable neighbour, especially when the opposition will likely turn to the West.
 

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Another reason Lukashenko feels extra threatened: his friendship with Putin has severely strained in recent times. Apparently Putin asked for closer economical and political integration between the two countries and Lukashenko refused.
However that doesn't mean Putin has any advantage in a regime change. It is not in Russia's interest to have a politically unstable neighbour, especially when the opposition will likely turn to the West.
Could have been just a play to show that they are more than a vassal state to Russia. That they make their own decisions etc. They've signed all contracts that Russia has put forth thus far and sooner or later they'll sign those as well. Belarus is heavily economically dependent on Russia, even though they've been trying to sweet talk to the West, but judging by yesterday's shenanigans the only side they continue to appeal to and care about is in the East.
 

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I've always wondered what Viktoryya Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka think about the political situation in Belarus, The country has been a dictatorship for 25 + years with zero freedom of political thought.

I guess for people like Azarenka or Sabalenka if they can travel freely, do what they want apart from make political noise then it is all good for them unfortunately.
 

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I've always wondered what Viktoryya Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka think about the political situation in Belarus, The country has been a dictatorship for 25 + years with zero freedom of political thought.

I guess for people like Azarenka or Sabalenka if they can travel freely, do what they want apart from make political noise then it is all good for them unfortunately.
I've always wondered what Viktoryya Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka think about the political situation in Belarus, The country has been a dictatorship for 25 + years with zero freedom of political thought.

I guess for people like Azarenka or Sabalenka if they can travel freely, do what they want apart from make political noise then it is all good for them unfortunately.
Lukashenko is tennis and sport supporter, the players have very good conditions. And let's face it, most athletes are not the brainiacs, so they are completely satisfied.
 

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Lukashenko is tennis and sport supporter, the players have very good conditions. And let's face it, most athletes are not the brainiacs, so they are completely satisfied.
Aleksandr Lukashenko (a.k.a. Cockroach, being better known to the Belorussians with this nickname) is the last dictator in Europe (judging like this because Russia has the most of its territory in Asia).
Lukashenko is ruling over Belarus with an iron hand since July 1994. After rigging his 6th consecutive election yesterday, it seems that most of his compatriots had enough.
Of course, being a sports friendly dictator, it's possible that some leading sportsmen and sportswomen would benefit if he would keep the power by any means and therefore would take his side.
It is also highly unlikely that any athletes would voice their oppositions against 'Cockroach' Lukashenko if they still have their families in Belarus.
Below are two of the opposition posters (the one to the right being a phone cover):
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P.S.: Excellent thread @Fortitude !
 

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I don't know what your problem is, from your little corner of the world.

Many long serving dictators in Africa and other parts of the world fell because youths were able to mobilise themselves using social media. Information on police brutality including videos depicting violence, and government documents reflecting corrupt practices have spread faster via social media to various media houses, and the population at large.

With regard to the information on the internet, whether it is fake news or factual, if you are take your head out of the gutter, you can sieve fact from fiction. Not every election is influenced by Russia like Trump America.
 
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