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New Blocs Cooperation With Regime

Lyavon Barshcheuski, the former head of the Belarusian Popular Front says creation of the Belarusian Independent Bloc (BIB) is a “capitulatory project and treason”.

It contains small-scale tactics that I can only support, but it has nothing in common with politics. The document says more efforts should be made to condemn fascism and communism (I support this), but says nothing about lukashism. It means that the document is a manifesto of collaborationism, small-scale cooperation with the regime,” Lyavon Barshcheuski said in an interview to RFE/RL.

“If you create a political bloc, you must have political aims. None such were set. The bloc was formed as an interest group. It should be noted that except for the BPF Party, there are no political subjects in the BIB in the full sense of the word. These are either NGOs or initiative groups. This is not a political bloc.”

A number of political figures signed the declaration on creation of the Belarusian Independent Bloc (BIB) on October 27.

In addition to the former presidential candidate Milinkevich, who now leads the officially registered Movement for Freedom, the BIB declaration was signed by Alyaksei Yanukevich, the newly elected leader of the Belarusian Popular Front, Young Front’s Zmitser Dashkevich, Vital Rymasheuski of Christian Democracy and Artur Finkevich, Vyachaslau Siuchyk, Yury Karetnikau, Alyaksandar Shumkevich, all representing various not officially registered NGOs.

This article appeared in
Belarusian Review, Vol. 21, No. 4
Copyright 2009 Belarusian Review
All rights reserved.
Source: Charter 97 Press Center, Oct. 28, 2009

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