Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko is counting his forces at the heart of the crisis

Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko is counting his forces at the heart of the crisis

Faced with a strong citizen mobilization, the disputed president has as his last bulwark his security services, whose attitude will be crucial.

Under pressure from the massive protest that he helped trigger, Alexander Loukachenko is counting his supporters.

On Tuesday, the Belarusian president decorated law enforcement officials in Minsk for the «service impeccable» facing protesters who have been marching in the country’s major cities since the contested May 9 elections.

The Ministry of the Interior wanted to minimize the event by stating that this ceremony was planned for a long time.

No matter, the event is easy to read, and the signal unambiguous: power retains one last bulwark, one last resort it can implement… As Lukashenko says and repeats, “He will not give in to the pressure of the street».

On Tuesday again, “Batka” accused the new opposition coordination council of wanting to instigate a coup d’état and of attacking the security forces.

His regime is largely based on these “structures of force” inherited from the USSR, which he has never ceased to consolidate and pamper

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