Opposition activists call to boycott ’farce’
Opposition activists which don’t take part in the current election campaign made a statement in which they called the first part of the election campaign “a farce” and demanded free and fair elections.
The opposition activists underline that “the elections in Belarus as a democratic institute of changing power are destroyed by the country’s authorities and are a false imitation”. The activists also called for new elections held by OSCE standards which would “make way for a civilized democratic development of the country”.
Those supporting the statement include United Civic Party’s head Anatol Lyabedzka, his deputy Leu Marholin, “Fair World” party leader Siarhei Kaliakin, ex-presidential candidates Vital Rymasheuski and Uladzimir Niakliajeu, and Iryna Veshtard from Belarusian
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.