Online: Pushed to the edge: Belarusians in the struggle for honesty. With David McAllister, Olga Dryndova and …

19.08.2020

Online: Pushed to the edge: Belarusians in the struggle for honesty. With David McAllister, Olga Dryndova and ...
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    19.08.2020, 18:00
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    David McAllister, MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Olga Dryndova, Belarus Expert, Editor "Belarus-Analysen", Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen and a representative of the belarusian civil society

Another election with questionable results caused an unprecedented mobilization of civil society in Belarus, a country that is said to have the last European dictatorship. For the first time in 26 years of Lukashenko’s rule protests are reaching remote corners and people all over the country are demanding their votes are counted honestly. Independent exit polls show Belarusians strongly support for Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, main opponent in the presidential elections. Just as unprecedented are the violent measures exercised by Belarusian authorities against their own people. Thousands are arrested, injured and terrified.

What is the situation on the ground? Is the regime reaching its limits? Why is today’s Belarus so different from the other election years? What is the EU’s reaction to the brutal response of the Belarusian authorities? What does the unprecedented rise of civil society mean for the future of the country in the centre of Europe?

We are particularly honoured to discuss these questions and many more with

David McAllister, MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

Olga Dryndova, Belarus Expert, Editor „Belarus-Analysen“, Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen

Belarusian Representative of Civil Society.

The digital discussion event will be moderated by Helena Nepp, Schwarzkopf Foundation and is going to be held in English.

If you wish to participate, please register online, by email or by fax (030/280 95 150) by August 18. The number of participants is limited, the login details will be sent on Wednesday afternoon. The online talk takes place via Zoom. Participation by telephone is possible with restricted use. Questions can be asked verbally or in writing during the event.

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