Why the Baltics and Poland Have No Right to Lecture Lukashenko

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland in a joint statement on Thursday put forward demands to Belarusian President Lukashenko, the implementation of which will avoid international isolation.

“We, the presidents of Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia, as regional neighbours of Belarus, members of NATO and the EU, want Belarus to be a stable, democratic, independent and prosperous country.”

Therefore they called on Lukashenko to fulfil three points:

  • De-escalation of the situation and immediate cessation of the use of force against the Belarusian people;
  • Immediately release all detained protest participants and stop further persecution;
  • Immediately start dialogue with the Belarusian people by organising a round table on national reconciliation with the participation of representatives of the government and civil society.

“Listen to the voice of your citizens and let them speak freely… This would be an appropriate step towards launching real national dialogue. We firmly believe that dialogue is always the best way to promote social development, discuss reforms, and the future of your country,” the statement reads.

Do the above-mentioned presidents have a conscience? I would like to ask a question.

In the photo above – a picket against the arbitrariness that the Latvian authorities staged against Oleg Burak, who fought corruption in the ranks of the Security Police leadership and is now the victim of accusations that this leadership concocted. Oleg has been in prison for a year and a half and will be sentenced on August 17th.

The anti-corruption fighter faces ten years in prison. But the demand to release a political prisoner that was put forward to Aleksandr Lukashenko does not apply to him.

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In Latvia, on trial for expressing their opinions are Yu. Alekseyev, A. Gaponenko, and A. Filey.

Isn’t there a need to conduct national reconciliation dialogue with them?

In Poland, M. Piskorski, who expressed his opinion, which is normal in a democratic country, spent a year and a half in prison

Why was he thrown in jail? Does the Polish President not want to deal with the actions of his law enforcement before instructing Belarusians?

In Lithuania, there are a huge number of people who are persecuted for expressing their opinions. A. Paleckis served a year and a half in prison. V. Ivanov – four years. Yury Mel and Konstantin Nikulin are in prison. Aleksey Greichus spent three months in prison for organising an Immortal Regiment. Can the President of Lithuania teach democracy to someone? I think that the answer is no.

In Estonia, after the Bronze Night, M. Reva, Dmitry Linter, and Mark Siryk were imprisoned for six months. And hundreds of people were tortured in the casemates of the Security Police.

So in response to the appeal of the presidents, I would like to say: “Look who’s talking”.


Aleksandr Gaponenko

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