The centre of Minsk, capital of Belarus, is blocked for at least 15 minutes, then four cars with the Belarusian national flag as licence plates sweep past. A young guy next to me is calling his mum to tell her that he is so excited and just saw with his own eyes the bulletproof car of Alexander Lukashenko, sometimes described as Europe’s last dictator.
Just over a week ago, the Belarusian leader was sent a letter asking him to authorise Slavic gay pride this coming weekend. So far, there has been no response.
Lukashenko’s undemocratic rule has been marred by controversial elections, suppression of political opposition, prosecution of human rights activists and opposition figures, media control, and so on.… Seguir leyendo »