Love Revolution Topples Lukashenko
Belarusian strongman loses his mind, control over country
The same martians who misreported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014 have been in Belarus this week divining the demise of Europe’s last dictator.
Oliver Carroll on August 23 for the Independent:
Carroll on August 22:
Shaun Walker for the Guardian on August 22:
Ivan Nechepurenko and Anton Troianovski for The New York Times on August 21:
We can see with our own eyes in the clips below that, in fact, Lukashenko did not stage a comeback, regain momentum or maintain his composure this week.
The last dictator in Europe spent most of Sunday at Independence Palace monitoring nationwide protests against his misrule. At around 18.00, he and his 15-year old son Kolya hightailed it to their Ostroshitskii Gorodok residence, changed into SWAT gear, grabbed guns and flew by helicopter back to the palace.
By the time Lukashenko and his son arrived, the demonstration against him had ended and the protesters were on their way home.