Friday, March 17, 2006

Where dissent is terrorism

Belarus goes to the polls on Sunday to choose a President in an election which is almost certainly rigged. The democratic opposition has already organised a mass demonstration to greet the election results in Minsk. The regime's response has been to threaten opposition leaders and demonstrators with terrorism charges, which carry the death penalty. In Belarus, then, the equation is clear: dissent is terrorism, and punishable by murder.

From this side of the world, all we can do is wish them luck and hope for the best.