The former Soviet Republic of Belarus prepares to vote for President:
The results of Sunday’s election, widely denounced here and abroad as undemocratic, are a foregone conclusion. But the vote is only a prelude to the real struggle against Mr. Lukashenko’s government, one that many fear could end in violent reprisals along the monumental streets of Minsk.Opposition candidates have already called for a mass protest in the capital, similar to those that brought down the governments of Ukraine and Georgia. This distresses Mr. Lukashenko, leading to the following interesting statement:
What a nice guy.
Mr. Lukashenko vowed to crush any protests, warning Belarussians not to participate and foreign governments not to encourage them.
“We know where they met, whom they met with and what discussions they had,” Mr. Lukashenko said during remarks made at an auto factory in Zhodino on Friday, according to the Interfax news agency. “God forbid that they should try to perpetrate something in the country. We will twist off their heads as though they are ducklings.”
The main article includes reactions and warnings from inside the Beltway.
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