Howdy all, and happy Friday wherever you may be. Perhaps you might be in Belarus, the country where they basically denied Corona Virus existed and had no lockdown of any sort. And by “they” I really mean the President, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been President since independence and has a remarkable track record at the polls.
I went to fair Belarus last year and visited the capital of Minsk, and you know I really liked it even if it was brutally cold every single day I was there. However, as far as the politics of the country goes, it’s perhaps not the most democratic country in the world.
I should say it’s not unique either that elections can be held and the leader gets an unrealistic and unbelievable percentage of the vote. Even in North Korea they go through the motions and proclaim the leader at the time as having 99.9% of the vote. I wonder what happened to the one guy who apparently didn’t vote for Kim Jong-Un. I don’t think they have an opposition or any other candidates, so I guess it was a donkey vote?
So anyways, the Belarus election has seen two different opposition party leaders arrested. Two presidential candidates behind bars. Just before an election. Don’t think this is Belorussian idea, it’s also happened more than once in you know where – Russia. The wife of one candidate took his place on the ballot, and in footage seen in this video I’m sharing from NFKRZ, you’ll see that people voting for her where a wrist band, because polling is not allowed and so they wanted something visible to show that when the results come in, she must have surely got more than 10% of the vote as the results claimed, and Lukashenko apparently had 80%.
The video says it better than I can, and it’s got more facts for you too. Now protests have broken out, resulting in violence and arrests. It’s really sad to seeing knowing that less than 12 months ago I was there and I really liked the place. It has a young vibe and to me is real ’emerging’ destination. Let’s all hope this is resolved as quickly and as peacefully as possible.
Thanks for stopping by today, and although it may be going mostly unnoticed with everything else that’s happened in 2020, do spare a thought for the people of Belarus, who surely deserve better.
And there above is where I was going to leave it, but then another video dropped and I thought I’d better include it. It seems things are going from bad to worse.
May the Journey Never End.