Guardian: In Belarus committed to democracy

Society Under the headline (in the original "Belarus: That's Enough Democracy") edition of the British newspaper Guardian gives his assessment of the end of the presidential elections in Belarus.

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"At Alexander Lukashenko had a great plan for his re-election. He decided to put his country — Belarus — at auction. Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said, that Belarus be able to obtain from the European Union $ 3.5 billion in loans, if Elections will be honest and fair. The president played up to him, giving the opposition candidates airtime on television and inserting

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Canada condemns the crackdown in Belarus

Society Representatives of the Belarusian Diaspora and Foreign Affairs Canada issued statements condemning the violence against the opposition in Minsk.

Minister Foreign Affairs Canada's Lawrence Cannon issued a statement in which he expressed concern about the Canadian government's "violence against opposition candidates, the media and the protesters Minsk."

"We urge the government Republic of Belarus conduct a thorough and impartial investigation of violence on election day and ensure Belarusian citizens freedom of speech and assembly, "- said in a statement.

In the first hours after the events in Minsk on December 19 Belarusian Association of Canada adopted a statement condemning

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The fate of candidates

Society The fate of ten candidates, participating in presidential election, develop differently. "Freedom" monitors their actions and promptly report any changes in their situation.

Dmitry Uss

Detained on election night. Released from the KGB after a penitential letter condemning the actions of the other candidates in the Square. Who is on the loose.

Gregory Kastusyou

Detained in the Square. After the interview, BT criticized the other candidates on the Square is released from the KGB. Later stated that his position distorted through the installation. Who is on the loose. Involved in the campaign of solidarity with the prisoners.

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Closed Pandora's Box

Society The presidential election authorities and the opposition have used a new tactic. The company has participated in a large number of candidates. How did that affect the process and the results?

The authorities have decided the issue of international legitimacy of the election. At the time of his conflict with the official Minsk Russia needed the support of the West. Therefore needed to hold elections in the export version, to show the EU and the U.S. "rampant democracy" and get good conclusions ODIHR observers. And the task was not to the campaign has been evaluated as meeting European standards.

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In company with Chavez and Ahmadinejad

The leader of the Society of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity told reporters that already congratulated Alexander Lukashenko. It is not limited only by stating that the relationship between Tskhinvali and Minsk and Belarus after the elections will be developed successfully. Kokoity expressed his hope that the Belarusian leader finally make important — namely, in the near future recognize the independence of South Ossetia.

Sergei Bagapsh, President of Abkhazia, hoping for the same option. And he sent a telegram waiting for the official recognition of the independence and sovereignty.

Such hopes are now under a certain stage, said Belarusian

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Sweden condemns the brutality of the Belarusian regime

Society In an interview with Swedish Radio — Sveriges Radio — Bildt said that he hoped the reaction, despite the fact that Russian President Medvedev called the events of December 19 "internal affairs of Belarus."

By Carl Bildt, "election results have no democratic legitimacy. " The foreign minister of Sweden pointed out the possibility of manipulating the popular vote by the authorities and referred to the OSCE materials, according to which half polls vote count was bad or very bad.

The Swedish minister also condemned the excessive use of force by the Belarusian authorities on the night of the 20th

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People are driven to despair

Society Why December 19 at the Independence Square in Minsk police and military violently dispersed the opposition rally? Do you trust the officially announced results of the presidential election in Belarus? Have You Heard Lukashenka's statements yesterday, evaluate them?


FIRST GENTLEMAN"I am simply, one realizes that he really could not gain on the strength of 30%, and that is because of all the media are controlled by him."

Second, Mr."I think that Lukashenka, zezdivshy to Moscow, there was a blank check, and in this regard, such tough measures."

Third, Mr."I do not know how to say,

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Gorova demands release Michalevic

Society "was held on December 19 peaceful protest of citizens of Belarus against the rigged presidential elections Republic of Belarus. The citizens of Belarus have the right to on peaceful protests against violations of the electoral law, the right to demand a free and democratic elections. The protest caused widespread fraud during the vote count, which witnessed observers at polling stations across the country. Express their views on the results of the "elections" is guaranteed by the Constitution Republic of Belarus and the norms of international law that has ratified Our country "- Written in the complaint.

Leonid Gorova stresses

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Germany and Poland have condemned the violence in Minsk

Society German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski and issued a joint statement condemning the crackdown demonstration in Minsk and detention of presidential candidates.

"We strongly condemn the acts of violence that went after presidential election in Belarus, and in particular the beating and detention of several opposition leaders, including in including and Presidential candidates"- Said in a ministerial statement posted on the Foreign Ministry website of Poland.

Law enforcement authorities in Minsk, according to the Foreign Ministers of the European states, "ignored in a democracy citizens' rights to free expression and assembly." Sikorski and Westerwelle called "Belarusian

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U.S. calls for release of arrested Minsk

Society The State Department of the United States condemned the violence on election day in Belarus and demanded the immediate release of those arrested.Philip Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, during the daily briefing at the State Department drew attention on Belarus:

"The United States strongly condemns all acts of violence on election day in Belarus. We are particularly concerned about the excessive use of force by the authorities, including the beating and detention of several presidential candidates and violence against journalists and activists Civil Society.

The Belarusian authorities must immediately release the detainees and to exercise restraint in the

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