Alexender Lukashenka, the President of Belarus, is known as ‘Europe’s last dictator’. Lukashenka has now turned his authoritarian regime on soft toys.
Recently a Swedish PR firm parachuted teddy bears with messages about democracy over Minsk in an attempt to break through the media censorship imposed by the regime. Since then Lukashenka has asked all Swedish Diplomats to leave the country and begun a diplomatic dispute over the issue.
Later two journalists were arrested in Belarus for protesting against the regime by taking a photo of themselves with a soft toy.
These are the kind of actions we sadly expect from Lukashenka. His police beat and arrest those who campaign for democracy, his regime rig elections whilst the media is censored to hide these crimes against human rights. Still Belarus imprisons and tortures political prisoners, including young campaigners for democracy.
All of this is happening in Europe and that’s why Liberal youth are leading the fightback to highlight the Lushenka’s regime with our Bears for Belarus Campaign.
Show your solidarity for the arrested journalists and those who campaign for freedom in Belarus!