What is happening in Belarus under Lukashenko is happening in the United States under Biden and the Democrats. The opposition in Belarus had left the country so they were being tried in absentia. The opposition in the United States did not flee, so they are in prison today.
A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to 15 years in prison after a trial in absentia on charges including conspiring to overthrow the government, the latest move in a months-long effort by the Belarusian government to suppress dissent.
Tsikhanouskaya left Belarus in August 2020, shortly after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko secured his sixth term in office in a disputed election that triggered the largest protests in the country's history.
Lukashenko unleashed a brutal crackdown on the demonstrators, accusing the opposition of plotting to overthrow the government; key politicians and activists were either arrested or pressured to leave the country.
Tsikhanouskaya and four other opposition figures were tried in their absence in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The charges against them also included creating and leading an extremist group, inciting hatred, and harming national security.
Another exiled opposition politician, Pavel Latushka, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Maryya Maroz, Volha Kavalkova and Siarhei Dylevski were handed 12-year sentences.
All five left Belarus after the protests erupted in August 2020. The demonstrations were the largest and the most sustained since Lukashenko assumed office in 1994. He has run the country with an iron fist ever since. His government unleashed a brutal crackdown against the protesters, detaining more than 35,000 and beating thousands.
Tikhanovskaya ran against Lukashenko for President of Belarus in 2019. When Lukashenko declared he had won—claiming more than 80% of votes—people poured into the streets in outraged fury. Tikhanovskaya had reason to believe her own vote was around 75%. The estimate was based partly on voters who photographed and uploaded their ballots to a platform built by activists, in anticipation of election fraud.
Belarus and Lukashenko have tried those who opposed them and then revealed that they had stolen the election. Change the names and we have this same scenario in the United States. The Democrats and Biden stole the 2020 election. People who have exposed the voter and vote fraud in the 2020 election and those who went to Washington D.C. on January 6th have been jailed and held in gulag conditions and in solitary confinement. Some have received unreasonable sentences while others have not been charged but held and denied bail.
Dictatorial states have political prisoners, those who have opposed the dictators. The United States, like Belarus and all other dictatorial states, now has political prisoners. Any who would support those who arrest their opposition support dictatorship. Zelensky is doing the same in Ukraine, as does Putin in Russia, and Xi in China to name a few who have the same policies as does Biden and the Democrats; that is arrest and jail your opposition.
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