Hundreds of thousands in the streets, general strikes and myriads of other signs of protests in Belarus underlines the obvious: Belarusians want the end to the twenty-six-year rule of Alexander Lukashenko. Under the no doubt fearful gaze of Russia’s president Putin, events unfold at a pace no one would have anticipated. Will the demands of the Belarusian people for the resignation of the last dictator of Europe turn into the usual battle between Russia’s and Western interests, or can we see a peaceful transition of power, based on the will and interests of the Belarusian people? Will Belarus or Russia again turn to use of force to assert itself?
How can Western governments act to most efficiently assist a peaceful transition of power? How can the wounds of violence and torture against peaceful protesters heal?
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Tankesmien Agenda have invited outstanding civil society experts directly from the field , to be with us in a public event to share with us some alternatives for future developments of Belarus.
Belarus: Lukashenko is on his way out, but how and when?
Belarusians want the end to the rule of Alexander Lukashenko. But will their demands be met, og will it turn into the usual battle between Russia’s and Western interests?Publisert av Tankesmien Agenda Onsdag 26. august 2020