Lukashenko Watch: “Opposition Threatens Public Safety”

Wild-man Alyaksandr Lukashenko, who happens also to be “President” of Belarus, is at his antics again according to this recent report from the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Newsline:

President Alyaksandr Lukashenko said on 31 March that his recent directive “On Measures to Enhance Public Safety and Discipline” met with support from most Belarusians, aside from drunkards, crooks, undisciplined workers, and the opposition, Belapan reported [that’s the “Belarusian information company”], quoting the presidential press service. Lukashenko reportedly said the opposition is guided by the principle, “The worse for the people and the government, the better for the opposition.” The president charged that the opposition seeks sociopolitical destabilization in the country and poses a threat to public safety.

Looks like, if people can ever find a way to dislodge him from his position as president, Lukashenko has a lucrative career waiting for him as a consultant to the Republican National Committee. What would really bring joy to this man’s day is some sort of September 11-like deliberate-attack disaster happening in downtown Minsk (that’s the capital of Belarus, of course). Too bad Belarus under the Lukashenko regime is so much of a political and economic backward-backwater that that’s surely out of the question.

To amuse myself daily, I like to look at the comics pages of especially the Washington Post (whereas those of the New York Times are definitely not recommended – write me if you’d like to know why), and then the Late Night Jokes Archives – and then I like to read the RFE/RL newsline to see if Alyaksandr Lukashenko has come up with another knee-slapper. (Stay tuned: He should get around soon to his annual decrees of what Belarusian agricultural and industrial production will be.) On the other hand, I even know some Belarusian students here in Amsterdam; it’s all not so funny for them.

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