Monday, February 27, 2006

United 4 Belarus

On March 19th, Belarus - Europe's last dictatorship - goes to the polls in Presidential elections. The incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, is widely expected to fix those elections, just as he has the last two times. But despite violence, intimidation, arrests and disappearances, the democratic opposition are not giving up without a fight. They've united behind a single candidate, Aliaksandar Milinkevich, and are going to do their best to win, or at least present an alternative to authoritarian rule.

The British LibDems have set up an international solidarity campaign, United 4 Belarus, so that people can show their support for democracy in Belarus. As well as sticking the logo on your website, they also suggest various practical ways support can be shown. Unfortunately, New Zealand has no Belarusian embassy to protest outside, or even an honorary consul to write to. All we can do is wish the opposition luck, and hope for the best.

News on the democracy campaign in Belarus can be followed here.

(Hat tip: Forceful and Moderate)


BTW, you can get your own banner here.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 2/27/2006 01:11:00 AM

Thanks so much for posting this. It's nice to know someone OUTSIDE of the country also cares about it.

A blogger from Minsk, Belarus

Posted by rydel23 : 2/28/2006 12:16:00 PM

hope that the democratic opposition wins the election, and that it won't be fixed again?

sounds like the US elections.

Posted by Anonymous : 3/01/2006 07:47:00 PM