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12 August 2021, 14:30
Nikolai Shchekin

Lithuania is caught in political zugzwang

Nikolai Shchekin
Nikolai Shchekin
Candidate of Philosophy, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
 MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) –Lithuania has been caught in a political zugzwang which may turn into a disaster for the government, BelTA learned from Nikolai Shchekin, Candidate of Philosophy, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

"10 August will go down in history as the day of the political Chernobyl for the Lithuanian tyranny. More than 4,000 people (gathered for the authorized peaceful and authorized rally near the Parliament asking simple questions and demanding justice and civil liberties and rights in their country. They asked for changes - social guarantees. The Lithuanian authorities responded like the entire collective West usually does: with violence, torture, beatings, tear gas. Lithuania got caught in a political zugzwang which may turn into a disaster for the government," Nikolai Shchekin said.

According to him, the whole world saw two-facedness, blatant cynicism, double standards and lies. “Nauseda criminal regime has crossed all sorts of red lines and launched large-scale repression against both its citizens and migrants fleeing hunger and war. All possible rights, democratic principles and guarantees of the freedom of expression were trampled. Let’s be honest, Lithuania has become toxic. By encouraging state terrorism in other countries and using the Nazi methods at home, Lithuania has debunked the myth about Western democracy and values. The silence of the Catholic Church looks very strange against this background. Brussels and Washington voice no condemnation. I believe that the Belarusian public and the civil society of Western European countries should support the aspirations of the Lithuanian people for defending their sovereignty and inviolable rights,” the analyst said.

Nikolai Shchekin emphasized that the unbearable and inhuman conditions in which migrants are held on the territory of Lithuania have exposed the flip side of the democratic West. “Mass beatings, using dogs against migrant women and children de-legitimize and outlaw the government of Lithuania. The refusal of the European Commission to finance the construction of barriers and fences demonstrates arrogance and double standards even in relation to its ideological partners. All the rhetoric of the Lithuanian authorities about the hybrid war allegedly declared against them is unsustainable, as it is already obvious that the Lithuanian people are tired of political hypocrisy, so-called European values and democratic principles, which are based on mental segregation. European countries are steering clear of Lithuania, because the recent protests showed that Lithuania has failed the democracy test of the collective West. I think that what is happening in the neighboring country will not only lead to transformation of the institutions of the state but will also drive forward the liberation movement from Western European tyranny,” he said.

“The Lithuanian people have been held hostage by their own government and therefore Belarus is ready to support the civic initiatives of the Lithuanian people in defending the freedom of speech and rights. During the Big Conversation press conference, the Belarusian head of state emphasized Belarus’ openness and readiness for dialogue in cooperation with its neighbors. The main thing is the principle of non-interference, transparency of intentions and responsibility to one's own people,” Nikolai Shchekin added.
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