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01.01.2011 Radio Free Liberty

Belarus says it has decided to order the closure of operations by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) office in Minsk.

30.12.2010 Voice of America

Poland will waive fees charged to Belarusian citizens for processing travel visas beginning next week.

The Polish Foreign Ministry described the move Wednesday as "an expression of solidarity with the people of Belarus" and pro-democracy movements active during Belarus' presidential elections last week.

30.12.2010 The Independent

On the morning after elections were rigged in Europe's last dictatorship and KGB thugs beat up and arrested presidential candidates, the home page of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website led with a tribute to Brian Hanrahan and a warning about the weather.

Hanrahan was an excellent journalist and lovely man. Snow was certainly causing havoc at our hapless airports. But the fact that these two stories were given greater prominence than an act of thuggery in Belarus, a country on the doorstep of the European Union, says everything one needs to know about the priorities of British foreign policy.

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27.12.2010 The Economist

A WEEK after truncheon-wielding riot police in Belarus put down mass protests over the rigged re-election of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the country's long-standing president, the largely pro-forma international response appears to have had little effect on the regime's continuing crackdown on the opposition.

27.12.2010 Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)

"Eiszeit in Minsk" Von Ingo Petz. (s. Anhang)

24.12.2010 The New York Times

By Carl Bildt, Karel Schwarzenberg, Radek Sikorski And Guido Westerwelle, the foreign ministers, respectively, of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.

24.12.2010 Office for a Democratic Belarus

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday expressed "extremely serious concerns" about the conduct of elections in Belarus and called for the immediate release of detained opposition figures.

24.12.2010 Office for a Democratic Belarus

Meeting with Lukashenka at the OSCE summit in Astana in early December, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych wished him success in the upcoming presidential ballot, without mentioning the other candidates.

24.12.2010 Office for a Democratic Belarus

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned the violence that followed the recent presidential election in Belarus. The mistreatment and arrest of a number of opposition leaders, human rights defenders and demonstrators are cause for serious concern. 'I urge the authorities in Belarus to release the detainees immediately,' Mr Rosenthal said.

24.12.2010 Spiegel Online

Haftstrafen, brutale Angriffe und Überwachung: Nach der Präsidentschaftswahl wächst der Druck auf die Opposition in Weißrussland. Beim Abhören von Regimekritikern hilft schwedischen Medien zufolge Technik des Unternehmens Ericsson.

24.12.2010 Office for a Democratic Belarus

Mixed but firm reactions from Slovakia after the elections led to strong protests in Minsk following the election in Belarus. First condemnation of the ensuing violence but then also Most-Hid MP Peter Osusky, who took part in the presidential election last week in Belarus as an OSCE observer called on the Slovak Government to cut off relations with this country’s administration.

23.12.2010 Viasna Human Rights Center

Lists of Journalists Beaten and Detained in Minsk.

23.12.2010 Viasna Human Rights Center

Eighteen persons have been declared suspects in a criminal case over “mass riots” on 19 December. They may face up to 15 years of imprisonment.

23.12.2010 guardian.co.uk

A brutal KGB crackdown in the continent's last dictatorship confronts us with the limits and illusions of EU power.

23.12.2010 Die Welt

Den Protest schlug der weißrussische Diktator gewaltsam nieder. Wer soll ihm jetzt dabei helfen, die Wirtschaft zu reformieren? Kritisch wird es ab dem Jahr 2012, wenn Russland eine neue Pipeline zur Umgehung des Transitlandes in Betrieb nimmt. Damit brechen Lukaschenko wichtige Einnahmen weg. Dabei ist sein Land international hoch verschuldet.

23.12.2010 The New York Review of Books

Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus’s sad capital, is one of the most terrifying public spaces in Europe. It is nothing but concrete, steel, glass and fearsome horizons—no benches, shelter, or anything for people who might wish to do something so normal as to assemble and speak together. Where anything vertical rises from the ground, it bears a video camera, ensuring that any gathering can be observed by the Belarusian KGB.

23.12.2010 euobserver.com

Diplomatic sources indicate that the EU will not react with any punitive measures to post-election violence in Belarus or to a judgment by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in Europe that the vote was rigged.

22.12.2010 Die tageszeitung (taz)

Verschwunden in Europa

22.12.2010 The Washington Post

In Belarus, a slide toward Eastern aggression.

21.12.2010 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Lukaschenkas Regime schlägt noch härter zu als nach der vorigen Wahl.  Von Michael Ludwig

21.12.2010 Die Zeit

Der Polizeieinsatz in Minsk zeigt: Die EU-Strategie für Weißrussland ist gescheitert. Statt mit Lukaschenko zu sprechen, sollte Europa die Bürger des Landes unterstützen.

21.12.2010 Iranian Students News Agency

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Alexander Lukashenko on re-election as Belarusian President.

20.12.2010 New York Times

The security services rounded up scores of opposition leaders and their supporters on Monday, a day after antigovernment demonstrators tried to storm the government headquarters here in a futile effort to block the re-election of Belarus’s authoritarian president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.

20.12.2010 Spiegel Online

Officially, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko won re-election with almost 80 percent of the vote on Sunday. The opposition, though, is accusing his government of massive fraud. Protesters in Minsk were savagely beaten and at least four opposition candidates have been arrested.

20.12.2010 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Die Wahlbeobachter der OSZE haben die Präsidentenwahl in Weißrussland als undemokratisch verurteilt. Staatschef Lukaschenka wurde offiziell mit fast 80 Prozent der Stimmen in seinem Amt bestätigt. Demonstranten in Minsk bezeichnet er als „Vandalen“.

20.12.2010 RP Online

Laut Wahlkommission habe der umstrittene weißrussische Präsidenten Alexander Lukaschenko knapp 80 Prozent der Stimmen erhalten. Tausende Anhänger der Opposition protestierten gegen das Ergebnis,die Polizei ging gewaltsam dagegen vor. Die USA und Bundesaußenminister Guido Westerwelle üben scharfe Kritik.

20.12.2010 Der Spiegel

Weißrusslands Präsident Lukaschenko ist wie erwartet zum Wahlsieger ausgerufen worden, in Minsk gingen deshalb Zehntausende Regimegegner auf die Straße. Eine Gruppe versuchte das Regierungsgebäude zu stürmen - die Polizei antwortete mit Prügel. Es gab zahlreiche Verletzte.

20.12.2010 Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)

Nach dem umstrittenen Wahlsieg von Alexander Lukaschenko eskaliert die Lage in Weißrussland: Die Polizei schlägt Proteste blutig nieder. Mehrere Gegner des Präsidenten sitzen offenbar im Gefängnis.

20.12.2010 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

Die Weißrussen wählen an diesem Sonntag ihren Präsidenten - natürlich den Amtsinhaber. So zerstritten sind Lukaschenkas Gegner, dass er sich fast ein wenig liberal geben konnte. Am Ende zählt aber das russische Öl - und bewährte Manipulationsmethoden.

Von Michael Ludwig, Minsk

20.12.2010 guardian.co.uk

Police and armoured vehicles flooded Minsk central square in Belarusthis evening in preparation for a standoff with the opposition, who plan to turn out in force to challenge early election results that give Alexander Lukashenko victory in the country's presidential vote.

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