Lukashenko's secret services crush opposition

Published on 21 December 2010 at 12:08

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“Missing in Europe,” runs German daily Tageszeitung's hard-hitting caption for pictures of five opponents to Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election in Belarus, as well as a human rights lawyer and a journalist. All were arrested or abducted by the secret services on December 19 during or after demonstrations protesting the outcome of the election. The crushing of the Belarusian opposition brings to mind the repression at the end of the 1990s and proves that any democratic advances were only temporary, the daily argues. “The EU must accept being questioned about how it plans to deal with its autocratic neighbour,” Tageszeitung writes. For the paper, the task first and foremost is to favour civil society by making it easier for Belarusians to obtain EU visas.

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