Belarus Opposition, Made in the USA – Global Research


25-08-20 07:43:00,

Longstanding US plans earmarked Belarus for regime change, wanting pro-Western puppet rule in another nation bordering Russia.

There’s nothing spontaneous about mass protests that erupt in nations the US wants transformed into client states.

They’re most likely to occur in the run-up to and/or after elections in which a pro-Western US chosen candidate is unlikely or unable to defeat an incumbent dark forces in Washington want toppled.

On August 9, longtime Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko defeated opposition challenger Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in an election he was expected to win.

His inflated eight-to-one majority triumph created an opportunity for prearranged protesters to cry foul in Minsk streets.

Historian, former UK envoy, human rights activist Craig Murray believes Lukashenko was reelected handily “with over 60% of the vote.”

Tsikhanouskaya’s claim that she triumphed by over a 60% majority amounted to reading lines scripted by her US handlers.

She lost. He won, but likely by much less than an 80% majority.

Orchestrated daily protests have been ongoing since the August 9 presidential election, most likely to continue ahead.

US regime change plots don’t quit until achieving success or they’re foiled.

Russia is highly unlikely to allow another US client state to emerge on its border without acting to prevent it.

On Sunday, Sergey Lavrov explained that Washington seeks to gain control over Belarus, adding:

In cahoots with its NATO partners, the Trump regime is “trying to redraw Belarus according to (its) own design.”

“(W)e will not be against any decision that the Belarusian leadership will make regarding dialogue with its population.”

“When the West says that only mediation with the participation of Western countries will be effective, everyone remembers how it was in Ukraine, where Western mediation turned into a complete (unwillingness of the Obama regime) to negotiate.”

Moscow supports Lukashenko’s proposal for dialogue with opposition elements on constitutional reform.

Belarusians need no external interference in their internal affairs, what’s been going on for the past two weeks.

Lukashenko accused the US-led West of attempting to destabilize the country, including by deploying NATO forces close to its borders.

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Was will die Opposition in Weißrussland?


13-08-20 08:02:00,

Nach den Präsidentschaftswahlen vom Sonntag erlebt der unabhängige Staat Belarus seine bisher schwerste politische Krise: Auf der einen Seite Proteste wegen vermuteter Wahlfälschung, auf der anderen Seite harte Reaktionen der Polizei. Die zugespitzte Situation erinnert an den Maidan in Kiew 2013. Aus Moskau berichtet Ulrich Heyden.

Seit Sonntag gibt es Proteste gegen vermutete Wahlfälschungen bei der Präsidentschaftswahl in Minsk. Tausende von Festnahmen. Zahlreiche verhaftete Journalisten, darunter auch viele von russischen oppositionellen und regierungsnahen Medien. Die Polizei schießt mit Gummigeschossen. Es gibt einen ersten Toten. Der russische Außenminister Sergej Lawrow forderte die Freilassung verhafteter Journalisten.

Der Versuch, einen Maidan im Keim zu ersticken

Es hat in Minsk schon häufig Demonstrationen der Opposition gegeben, die von der Polizei drangsaliert wurden. Aber noch nie waren die eingesetzten Mittel so hart wie in den vergangenen Tagen (Videos der Opposition aus Minsk finden sich etwa hier). Offenbar will Präsident Aleksandr Lukaschenko jedes Aufkommen von „befreiten Zonen“ – wie sie während des Maidan im Dezember 2013 in Kiew entstanden – von Anfang an unterbinden. Das Internet wurde abgestellt, ist jetzt aber wieder in Betrieb. Lukaschenko behauptete, die Abstellung des Internets sei eine Provokation des Auslands.

Zwei Seiten stehen sich unversöhnlich gegenüber. Der amtierende Präsident von Weißrussland reklamiert den Sieg bei den Präsidentschaftswahlen für sich. Die Oppositionskandidatin Swetlana Tichanowskaja, die sich nach der Verhaftung ihres Mannes zur Kandidatur entschlossen hatte, erklärte, sie habe 80 Prozent der Stimmen bekommen. Die zentrale Wahlkommission dagegen gab bekannt, dass Lukaschenko 80 Prozent und Tichanowskaja 9,9 Prozent der Stimmen bekommen hätten.

Unabhängige Beobachter von der OSZE oder aus Russland waren nicht zu den Wahlen eingeladen worden. Dass beide Kandidaten behaupten, sie hätten jeweils 80 Prozent bekommen, wirkt überzogen. Zu viele haben ihren Protest gegen den Langzeitherrscher Lukaschenko in diesen Tagen landesweit ausgedrückt. Vieles spricht dafür, dass bei der Stimmen-Auszählung zugunsten von Lukaschenko von Amts wegen nachgeholfen wurde, der Amtsinhaber die Wahlen aber auch ohne diese Hilfe gewonnen hätte.

Das offiziell angegebene Wahlergebnis der Oppositionskandidatin Tichanowskaja scheint dagegen zu niedrig. Auch dieses Ergebnis ist wohl bei der Auszählung „nachbearbeitet“ worden.

Doch letztlich sind das alles nur Vermutungen. Auch die von der Opposition präsentierten Kopien von Wahlprotokollen, die hohe Ergebnisse für Tichanowskaja ausweisen, sind nur ein kleiner Ausschnitt der landesweiten Wahl.

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Opposition senator declares herself ‘interim president’ of Bolivia without quorum or vote


13-11-19 09:27:00,

Opposition politician Jeanine Añez has declared herself “interim president” of Bolivia without a vote, but the party of ousted President Evo Morales said that the Senate had no quorum and the legislature’s session was not legal.

Añez’s actions echo those of Juan Guaido in Venezuela, who declared himself “interim president” in January with the backing of Washington and the Organization of American States (OAS). While Guaido has repeatedly failed to oust President Nicolas Maduro, however, the opposition in Bolivia – also backed by the US and OAS – has been able to force the resignation of Morales after the military defected to their side.

While opposition activists claimed that Añez’s declaration was in line with the Bolivian constitution, lawmakers from the ousted president’s Movement for Socialism called the assembly session illegal. They have refused to attend the proceedings, saying that armed groups loyal to the opposition controlled the roads and could not guarantee their safety.

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Morales’s party has had the majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and its boycott leaves both bodies without a quorum. Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera also “resigned” along with Morales on November 10, leaving the country in legal limbo. Their supporters have called the forced resignations a “coup” and vowed to resist by force if necessary.

Washington hastened to hail Morales’s ouster as a “significant moment for democracy in the Western Hemisphere” and accused the socialist president of seeking to subvert the will of the people by running for a fourth term, even though the Bolivian courts had allowed it.

Morales was one of the few Latin American leaders bucking the US line on Venezuela and supporting Maduro. Landing in Mexico, where he was granted asylum, on Tuesday he vowed to continue to fight “as long as I live.”

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Opposition parties score big wins in closely-watched Moscow elections


09-09-19 01:39:00,

The ruling United Russia party suffered a blow from three opposition parties whose candidates claimed nearly half of Moscow City Council’s seats during a contentious vote in the metropolis of 12 million people.

With all the votes counted, United Russia managed to retain a slim majority in the 45-member city council, but its share dropped to 25. The Communists, their longtime competitors, came second and won a remarkable 13 seats, up from just five in 2014.

Yabloko, Russia’s oldest liberal party, took four seats while the center-left Fair Russia won three. United Russia, whose candidates were formally running as independents, lost nearly a third of districts to their opposition rivals. The voter turnout was slightly above 21 percent.

The Moscow vote follows opposition rallies which sprang up after election officials disqualified numerous liberal candidates, citing failure to collect enough signatures of genuine voters.Almost every weekend, since late July, tens of thousands joined authorized and unauthorized protests, some of which ended up in scuffles with police.

In the run-up to the vote, Alexey Navalny, a vocal Kremlin critic and anti-corruption activist, urged Muscovites to cast their ballots for United Russia’s strongest opponents. He claimed that this strategy, called “smart voting,” would help outplay the ruling party in their constituencies.

Consequently, an array of high-ranked figures lost their seats in the council, among them Andrey Metelsky, the head of United Russia’s branch in Moscow. His popularity shrank on the back of allegations of running a large business and owning properties overseas.

Moscow’s mayor Sergey Sobyanin welcomed the results, calling the race “the most emotional and genuinely competitive one in recent history,” and pointing out that “political diversity” will benefit the city council.

The voting day ran smoothly even though Moscow police had been put on alert. No significant complaints were reported throughout Sunday, according to election authorities. There were reports on social media about violations by various activists which can’t be independently verified.

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“Opposition” or Terrorists? Who Is Syria and Russia Targeting in Idlib? – Global Research


12-08-19 01:56:00,

Scott Lucas – a professor at the University of Birmingham UK – would decry with the rest of the Western media – resumed joint military operations carried out by Syria and Russia in and around the northwestern governorate of Idlib.

Reuters in their article, “Syrian army resumes military operations against rebels in northwest Syria,” would claim:

The Syrian army said on Monday it was resuming military operations in a Russian-led campaign in northwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands and killed hundreds, blaming Turkey for not abiding by its commitments under a truce deal.

Both Lucas and Reuters – like many other Western media fronts and personalities – are careful never to fully characterize who the “opposition” actually consists of – instead attempting to imply Syria and Russia are waging war on civilians and “moderate rebels.” 

When asked by journalist Peter Hitchens to give a run down on who the Syrian opposition actually was, Lucas in a post on social media would respond:

Hi, Peter! #Syria situation, across not only northwest but northeast, is web of local councils, local military groups, and local activist organizations to provide services. You’ll need to specify a particular area, such as a town or city in #Idlib or #Hama Province.

Yet the accompanying picture Lucas used to illustrate his point was of a meeting organized by the IHH (Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief). IHH is based in Turkey and is by no means “local.”

IHH is also linked directly to Al Qaeda, serving as a logistical support network for the terrorist organization, merely couching itself behind its humanitarian mission statement.

IHH’s ties to terrorism are not recent. A 2012 article by Israeli media outlet Ynet titled, “Report: IHH financially linked to al-Qaeda,” would report:

IHH director Bulent Yildirim is reportedly being investigated by Turkish authorities for allegedly creating a financial partnership with the infamous terror group. 

Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily reported Friday that Yildirim has allegedly been transferring funds to al-Qaeda through his organization.

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