5. Januar 2015 um 14:56 #22846MiMo467 Beiträge
Sehr eindringlicher Kommentar von Natallia Radzina zur gegenwärtigen Situation in Weißrussland, insbesondere zur Unterdrückung der freien Presse und kritischer Internet-Seiten.
Ein paar Auszüge:
Belarusian Mavrodi is bankrupt
Belarusians should not miss their chance today.
The country has faced serious changes ahead of new year.
I wanted to write about the blockage of websites and say that free speech in Belarus was being eliminating so long and systematically that few remaining independent journalists can tell their readers: “When they come for you, you will have nobody to defend you.”
It’s true that people didn’t speak out when television was monopolised. Belarusians didn’t speak out when Radio 101.2 and regional radio stations were closed. There were a few pickets when independent newspapers were closed. The remaining independent news websites are being blocked, but people went on a shopping spree to buy old-fashioned Horizont TV sets and rushed to banks to withdraw money from their accounts, which they opened hoping to earn easy money.
But then I asked myself why I should moralise. Let people stay in queues at banks. They need to live on something. Your money have been spent on building a financial pyramid that is bigger than that of MMM.
Looking for easy money and free lunches, many closed eyes to crimes of the regime. Killings, abductions and torture of presidential candidates were something far, unreal and unimportant. A stratum of people who had a rather wealthy life at the cost of the pyramid has formed in the country. They believed that the conman who robbed other people would be honest to them for some reason.
A friend of mine suggested that Lukashenka was sincerely convinced that the fall of the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnia would not hit the Belarusian ruble. He made his ridiculous statement that a devaluation was impossible 20 hours before imposing a 30% duty on the purchase of foreign currency. I don’t know how one can be such an idiot, but I admit it is possible.
It is important for Belarusians not to miss their chance. Many of my friends regret they were not active in 1994-1995, when there was a chance to change everything and change the vector of the country’s development. Some were afraid of losing business, some were afraid of losing a job. Belarusians were passive and lost the most valuable thing – future.
Blocking independent websites is repression not only against journalists. The authorities are trying to struggle with millions of Belarusians who do not believe the lie of the official media and look for free speech on the Internet. The number of such people is growing.
One cannot kill people’s aspirations for freedom. Neither Milosevic nor Yanukovych succeeded.
It’s enough to use Opera Turbo to get access to the website charter97.org despite blocking. It’s enough to begin to respect yourself to become free. To forget about fear and get involved in your country’s life.
We risk nothing. We have nothing to lose. No easy money any more. The Belarusian Mavrodi is a bankrupt.
Natallia Radzina, editor-in-chief of charter97.org0
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