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What the Belarusian opposition offers

In Belarus, under the leadership of the head of the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a Coordination Council has been formed and began to function to ensure the transfer of power from Alexander Lukashenko.

The Council’s activities were based on the program “Reanimation Package of Reforms for Belarus”, presented during the election campaign.

The authors of the project are opponents of the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko. They sharply criticize all his activities and come up with ideas for radical changes.

The main theses of the document suggest:

– to carry out a comprehensive decommunization of Belarus;

– to return the white-red-white flag and the coat of arms “Pursuit” as state symbols;- to grant the Belarusian language the status of the only state language, and the Russian language – the status of the language of interethnic communication;

– to popularize national heroes, such as the leader of the uprising against the Russian empire Kastus Kalinovsky (seen as a symbol of the struggle of Belarusians for freedom and independence);

– to transfer the armed forces to NATO standards, apply for membership in the organization;-to carry out partial or complete privatization of large and medium-sized state-owned enterprises;- to carry out land reform for the full use of the potential of transnational corporations;-to prohibit the sale of Belarusian infrastructure facilities to Russian companies;

– the transition of Belarus to the consumption of American LNG;

– to reform the education system with the optimization of the number of personnel;- to optimize the structure of health care, to abolish the regulation of tariffs for services in non-state medical centers;

– to revise existing protocols for the treatment of diseases in terms of cost-effective methods of evidence-based medicine;

– to create a Belarusian autocephalous church;

– to transfer hotel facilities, baths, household waste processing, maintenance of streetsand courtyards, funeral services to the private business.

The program assumes a sharp reorientation of the country’s foreign and domestic policy towards membership in the EU and NATO. This provides for a complete rupture of political and economic ties with Russia, as well as withdrawal from the CSTO structures.

However, neither NATO nor the EU have so far expressed a desire to accept Belarus into their structures. And an instant exit from the existing integration associations is hardly possible.

Converting an army to NATO standards is very costly and takes a long time.

And to break economic ties without establishing new ones is at least silly.

The process of reorientation to the West also requires a reformation of public consciousness. Onethesis that it is better in the West is not enough.

16 years ago, the Baltic states finally left the Russian sphere of influence and joined NATO and the EU. The transition was quite smooth and successful. Ukraine withdrew from the Russian sphere of influence six years ago.

The Belarusian people want changes and their opinion must be respected. However, they can follow the path of the Baltic states, or Ukraine.

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BobValdez
BobValdez
August 22, 2020

“The Belarusian people want changes and their opinion must be respected. However, they can follow the path of the Baltic states, or Ukraine.”

No. The EU and nato have NOTHING to offer Belarus, except IMF slavery, western style ‘democracy’ and disintergration. Belarussians, look at what Ukraine has become, thanks to ‘Western values and demoracy’. Think hard about what is REALLY important for you and your future.
Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Only then will you realise the awful truth.

Clarity
Clarity
August 22, 2020

How many people n Belarus actually want that? Not everyone wants to be another American mini-me with all the benefits going to America and very little to the locals. Except for the delusion of ‘more freedom’. America is demonstrating right now what that kind of freedom actually means. Are you not paying attention? And I am not referring to Trump but his opposition. -What you describe means that healthcare will become prohibitively expensive. -Same for energy supply. -Denying language rights will divide and polarize the population. Imagine Canada would impose only English as the official language. There’d be a revolution,… Read more »

Sean
Sean
Reply to  Clarity
August 22, 2020

And look at what the EU did to one of its “old” countries, Greece. Do you think they’re going to care about Belarus?

Vic
Vic
Reply to  Clarity
August 23, 2020

Good interpretation of “economic measures”. I only disagree on Belarus missing the boat the Baltic states caught. Belarus didn’t miss anything, in fact I am convinced it is a good thing they never bothered to catch that boat. Had they done it, they would have probably ended up in the same situation as the Baltic states, their population being caught in the claws of the neoliberal economic model and abandoning their countries in large numbers. My opinion is the EU should be completely dismantled since it proved on numerous occasions it is not what it was pretending to be. Then,… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Vic
August 24, 2020

I agree with the Belarus not missing anything. It was in reference to the article. You cannot recreate something that happened decades ago. For that, Belarus missed the boat if the hopefuls imagine that joining the EU now would recreate what others did a long time ago. Also agree that the Baltic states are hardly a success. Aside from abandoning their countries, the countries are also being divided culturally by excluding ethnic Russians from partaking in society and receiving equal rights. And all that in plain sight inside the EU. The EU need not be dismantled, it just needs to… Read more »

Vic
Vic
Reply to  Clarity
August 25, 2020

As you said yourself, EU has become unmanageable. In fact, so unmanageable that it is beyond the point where it can be reformed. Also, its original design itself is flawed and it has been made so intentionally. That’s why I said EU has to be dismantled. You can’t fix something that’s beyond repair, and you can’t fix something that’s fundamentally flawed. You can only scrap it. United Europe was a dream that never had a chance, sold to the 500 million of its people by the career bureaucrats and professional politicians as a distraction. The recent years have shown EU… Read more »

Vic
Vic
Reply to  Clarity
August 25, 2020

I re-read your paragraph on “missing the boat” and I realize now I misunderstood it. My mistake. I apologize for jumping on it.

Never Mind
Never Mind
August 22, 2020

The want to follow Ukraine 2.0 success.

Terry R
Terry R
August 22, 2020

“16 years ago, the Baltic states finally left the Russian sphere of influence and joined NATO and the EU. The transition was quite smooth and successful”

Since 2004, Lithuania has been receiving an annual NET rebate from the EU of at least 2.54% of yearly GDP. Surely that should make for a happy (if not successful) country.

However , since 1991 Lithuanian population has steadily decreased every year. Over that period it lost 25% of population. In the same period Belarus has lost just 7%. Surely the mark of a successful country is being able to retain its own population.

letp
letp
Reply to  Terry R
August 22, 2020

Its refreshing to read the truth, but its not just the Baltic states. If you look to their equivalent Slovenia and Croatia they also have experienced the same. Since joining the EU Croatia has lost 22% of its population. If there is no turnaround within the less than a decade it will become the largest retirement village in the world. Slovenia is a little better but its not too far behind Croatia. Both could not survive without EU money. In 2015 there were massive demonstrations in Slovenia where unions and populace were demanding from their politicians to tell them where… Read more »

Lou
Lou
August 22, 2020

There will be no change of management no matter how many committees are formed by the opposition. All the US has managed to do is bungle yet another operation and push Lukashenko into the hands of Russia. I am of the opinion that the US intelligence services, if not the entire western services are on Moscow’s payroll.

Fitzpons
Fitzpons
August 22, 2020

I can’t believe this is not satire! The manifesto could have been written by George Soros and his satraps- and probably was! Who else were the mysterious anonymous authors?

Vic
Vic
August 22, 2020

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry after reading The Package for Reanimation. Let’s see… Decommunization, flag colors, national heroes – that sounds like populist BS, a standard move for someone who has nothing of real substance to offer. Then – NATO! Well, at least they are not tip toeing around it. Hugely expensive to reorganize and re-equip the military. Instead, that money alone, if spent for domestic R&D and economic development, would greatly improve the lives of people of Belarus. And never mind NATO is a pack of war criminals! Do Belarussians really want to be seen in the… Read more »

Clarity
Clarity
Reply to  Vic
August 24, 2020

Of course the package was produced by the US. Joining nato means the US will gain a new customer for its war machine. With all the money being pumped into making weapons, someone has to buy all that sh*t. Same goes for LNG that is produced at a loss. The only thing that was missing were the cookies.

Vic
Vic
Reply to  Clarity
August 25, 2020

Yes, we all miss Victoria Nuland and her baking skills…

Anthony Enos Wicher
August 23, 2020

Sounds just like Ukraine – a neoliberal sponsored color revolution. It would be a total disaster for the people of Belarus as it was for the people of Ukraine. Belarusans have seen what happened in Ukraine and they will not be fooled, and Putin will not let it happen.

Clarity
Clarity
August 24, 2020

When I look at the pix of the protests I keep wondering if all of those people are really from Belarus. In the beginning the crowds were too small for panoramic pictures. Now they are considerable in size and now media shows it. If the outrage was so big right after the elections the crowds would have been that size right away. Who are those people?

Olivia Kroth
August 24, 2020

A whole load of bullshit!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
August 24, 2020

This is one of the many stupid articles the Duran has published about Belarus lately. How disappointing! This media is going down the drain. Maybe due to overstretch? Obviously, the two editors are ill informed about Belarus.

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