Thousands march against government in Belarus - Summary

Mar 25, 2009 Full story: Earth Times 9

Thousands marched against Belarus' authoritarian regime on Wednesday, as opposition groups held rare public gatherings throughout the former Soviet republic.

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Misha1

Atlanta, GA

#1 Mar 26, 2009
I have just returned from a four week visit to Grodno, Belarus. I was deeply saddened to hear the stories that friends and family told me. We had work done on our flat and everyone asked to be paid in dollars. No one wanted the ruble. Businesses deal in rubles because they have to, by decree of the dictator. One friend who made a little extra money by importing goods has closed up shop, due to dwindeling customers with little money. Her husband must take a %15 mandatory, reduction in pay. He has been an honest policeman for thirty years. Everywhere we went, there was an air of dispair. There is also outrage, due to the devaluation of the currency and the prices of goods going up. The countrys' wealth has been severely mismanaged and squandered, by those in power. Retired people are not legally allowed to receive both a pension and work too. The day before we left, a neighbor who is a retired dentist, pleaded with us to sell her some dollars. Another neighbor whose son is a medical doctor, is forced to hire out as a taxi driver after working in his goverment medical office.
The dictator has none of these worries and the status will not change unless he and his cronies are overthrown. It is time for everyone to remove this cancer on the beautiful country and good people of Belarus. It can be done non violently, if all the people pull together. We witnessed a country imploding. Let the revolution begin!!!
I pray for you.

“Humans are God's agents”

Since: May 07

USA

#2 Mar 26, 2009
Misha,

Let's always do everything possible to hold the dear people of Belarus in our hearts, and work tirelessly for their freedom and security. But what I also know, is that the Belarusian people, quite innocently, are all too often prisoners within their own mentality, caused from their continued isolation from the rest of the world.

If you know of any new creative ways we can positively help their grassroots economy, serving the small entrepreneurs, helping build friendship and understanding, improving human rights and freedom, I couldn't be happier if you would ask me. You can email me at madison.reed@yahoo.es.

Belarus is very special to me. I know its future is going to dazzle the eyes of the world, once it lets down its walls and joins all of us. But we have to be vigilant and always ready to help. They need us and we need them.

Madison Reed

Strong Hold

Belgrade, Serbia

#3 Mar 27, 2009
Misha1 wrote:
I have just returned from a four week visit to Grodno, Belarus. I was deeply saddened to hear the stories that friends and family told me. We had work done on our flat and everyone asked to be paid in dollars. No one wanted the ruble. Businesses deal in rubles because they have to, by decree of the dictator. One friend who made a little extra money by importing goods has closed up shop, due to dwindeling customers with little money. Her husband must take a %15 mandatory, reduction in pay. He has been an honest policeman for thirty years. Everywhere we went, there was an air of dispair. There is also outrage, due to the devaluation of the currency and the prices of goods going up. The countrys' wealth has been severely mismanaged and squandered, by those in power. Retired people are not legally allowed to receive both a pension and work too. The day before we left, a neighbor who is a retired dentist, pleaded with us to sell her some dollars. Another neighbor whose son is a medical doctor, is forced to hire out as a taxi driver after working in his goverment medical office.
The dictator has none of these worries and the status will not change unless he and his cronies are overthrown. It is time for everyone to remove this cancer on the beautiful country and good people of Belarus. It can be done non violently, if all the people pull together. We witnessed a country imploding. Let the revolution begin!!!
I pray for you.
You are pathetic. If you dont like idea of reducing your pay, then go to US and become homeless. Most of eastern and western Europeans will rather choose smoler wages then jobless. Go back to your time capsule.
boy

Nybro, Sweden

#4 Mar 28, 2009
Misha1 wrote:
I have just returned from a four week visit to Grodno, Belarus. I was deeply saddened to hear the stories that friends and family told me. We had work done on our flat and everyone asked to be paid in dollars. No one wanted the ruble. Businesses deal in rubles because they have to, by decree of the dictator. One friend who made a little extra money by importing goods has closed up shop, due to dwindeling customers with little money. Her husband must take a %15 mandatory, reduction in pay. He has been an honest policeman for thirty years. Everywhere we went, there was an air of dispair. There is also outrage, due to the devaluation of the currency and the prices of goods going up. The countrys' wealth has been severely mismanaged and squandered, by those in power. Retired people are not legally allowed to receive both a pension and work too. The day before we left, a neighbor who is a retired dentist, pleaded with us to sell her some dollars. Another neighbor whose son is a medical doctor, is forced to hire out as a taxi driver after working in his goverment medical office.
The dictator has none of these worries and the status will not change unless he and his cronies are overthrown. It is time for everyone to remove this cancer on the beautiful country and good people of Belarus. It can be done non violently, if all the people pull together. We witnessed a country imploding. Let the revolution begin!!!
I pray for you.
In my home country most pensioners have to have a small job and lose most of thier pension, as you put it, the good people of Belarus, half the poeple of belarus are corrupt that includes all police.
They voted this dictator in so they must get him out, the poeple of Belarus dont need help from outside they need to get of thier backside and do something about it, instead of asking other countrys to help them.
They should look at Poland and what they have done.
Misha1

Atlanta, GA

#5 Mar 28, 2009
Strong Hold wrote:
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You are pathetic. If you dont like idea of reducing your pay, then go to US and become homeless. Most of eastern and western Europeans will rather choose smoler wages then jobless. Go back to your time capsule.
Strong Hold

You are the one that is pathetic, maliciously conditioned as well as totally blind. It is insane for anyone to like the idea of reducing their pay for any reason. Why don't you come to America and become homeless, as you say. The homeless in America live better than many in Belarus, where I saw homeless people also. You are a hypocrite and you are the one that is still living in the time capsule of the former USSR. The Soviet Union imploded because of the same conditions in Belarus (your workers paradise)that I and others have mentioned earlier. The population of Belarus is decreasing every day and most are tyring to come to America and western Europe. There are even advertisements on Belarus TV on how to win a lottery to come to the U.S. Belarusians want to have a better life and future for themselves and their families. It is sick people like you that are part of the problem and not the solution. You probably are a goverment clone, who looks for anything bad written about the government or the truth and then spew lies and misinformation to counter the truth. Your king, "dictator for life" and cronies live well for now, but your days are comming to an end. Your master has his thugs and mindless lap dogs like you to harass and intimidate regular people into submission and the acceptance of dispair. Strong Hold, who did you vote for in the last verifiably, rigged election? You and your handlers are angry becase I and others like me speak the truth about what is happening in Belarus. You will not stop us from telling the truth and we will not go away.You and your dictators' days are numbered. As much as you and your ilk have tried tried to abolish and hide the truth from being known, you have failed. And in doing so, you have only strengthened the resolve of all of us who fight for true freedom of beautiful Belarus and its many good prople. I feel sorry for you.

“Privet”

Since: Apr 07

Big Lake, Alaska USA

#6 Apr 3, 2009
belizerealtor wrote:
Misha,
Let's always do everything possible to hold the dear people of Belarus in our hearts, and work tirelessly for their freedom and security. But what I also know, is that the Belarusian people, quite innocently, are all too often prisoners within their own mentality, caused from their continued isolation from the rest of the world.
If you know of any new creative ways we can positively help their grassroots economy, serving the small entrepreneurs, helping build friendship and understanding, improving human rights and freedom, I couldn't be happier if you would ask me. You can email me at madison.reed@yahoo.es.
Belarus is very special to me. I know its future is going to dazzle the eyes of the world, once it lets down its walls and joins all of us. But we have to be vigilant and always ready to help. They need us and we need them.
Madison Reed
Belarus will be free, democratic, and join the rest of Europe when Batdka Lukashenko hangs by his neck from the top of Victory Square for all see. After they prosecute and hang his henchman with him, after they break the Russian yoke, then will Belarus finally be free of that pos uneducated Russified tyrant who holds himself above the law.

I was in Belarus last November and as usual it was worse from the visit before. I visit Belarus at least once a year, and every time it is worse.

boy

Nybro, Sweden

#7 Apr 4, 2009
Why_Me wrote:
<quoted text>
Belarus will be free, democratic, and join the rest of Europe when Batdka Lukashenko hangs by his neck from the top of Victory Square for all see. After they prosecute and hang his henchman with him, after they break the Russian yoke, then will Belarus finally be free of that pos uneducated Russified tyrant who holds himself above the law.
I was in Belarus last November and as usual it was worse from the visit before. I visit Belarus at least once a year, and every time it is worse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =OGc1TSmAIooXX
You are right in some things,he is uneducated and a thug,but hanging is to good for him he must go to prison and have hard labour for the rest of his life.
For Belarus to come into Europe will be very hard now as corruption is like a cancer in the country under him and i dont know if there is a cure.
Just look at the example he setts, his wife sits at home and he has a child with another woman and shows the child on T.V.in most countrys he would be removed for this,and make new laws to try and get money from the people that he has lost to Russia or stolen, but he can do just as he likes with the army and police behind him.
I was in Belarus 4 times last year and talking to people about him is a no no as they are so frighten to talk.
But as i have said before they must get of their backsides and do something about him, and try and save their country before it's to late.
BUT WILL RUSSIA LET THEM ????
DaryaM

Atlanta, GA

#8 Apr 6, 2009
Why_Me wrote:
<quoted text>
Belarus will be free, democratic, and join the rest of Europe when Batdka Lukashenko hangs by his neck from the top of Victory Square for all see. After they prosecute and hang his henchman with him, after they break the Russian yoke, then will Belarus finally be free of that pos uneducated Russified tyrant who holds himself above the law.
I was in Belarus last November and as usual it was worse from the visit before. I visit Belarus at least once a year, and every time it is worse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =OGc1TSmAIooXX
I totally agree with you. Until Lukashenko is at rule, nothing is ever going to change. The opposition is weak and scared, and all the protests and demonstrations are not going to change a thing. My parents are freaking out every time I mention his name over the phone. It seems like at this point in time, the only thing that can change something is simple force.

“Privet”

Since: Apr 07

Big Lake, Alaska USA

#9 Apr 6, 2009
DaryaM wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally agree with you. Until Lukashenko is at rule, nothing is ever going to change. The opposition is weak and scared, and all the protests and demonstrations are not going to change a thing. My parents are freaking out every time I mention his name over the phone. It seems like at this point in time, the only thing that can change something is simple force.
Your parents have a good reason to freak out when you mention his name. Most all calls coming from the west...especially the US and Poland are tracked, and sometimes listened in on. You do remember about the "party lines" that the phones there have don't you ?

Always use a code when your talking on the phones there if you don't want it to come back on you or worse yet, your family. One thing they can't track if you have a good password is: "google talk voice chat". They haven't figured that one out yet.

:)

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