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Belarus accuses Berlin of plotting coup

The Local · 14 Jan 2011, 12:25

Published: 14 Jan 2011 12:25 GMT+01:00

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Sovyetskaya Belorussia (Soviet Belarussia), the official newspaper of the presidential administration, said the German and Polish secret services had devised the plot and Poland had even trained opposition activists.

The newspaper said in an editorial that the aim of the plot was to remove "Lukashenko and put in place an obedient puppet."

"There is no doubt that the events of December 19 were above all directed by the special services of Poland and Germany," it said, adding that organisers, technology and funds were channelled into Belarus to achieve this aim.

It said that Poland was the main "training ground" for the opposition and "there, special training camps were set up for activists."

Tens of thousands of people protested on election night in Minsk against what they perceived as unfair elections that gave incumbent strongman Lukashenko a fourth presidential term.

The protest was followed by a violent crackdown and detention of over 600 people, including most of the candidates who stood against Lukashenko.

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Germany and other EU states have condemned the crackdown and warned that Lukashenko risks complete isolation if it continues. However this the first time that Minsk has explicitly accused Europe of being behind the protests.


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Your comments about this article

21:16 January 14, 2011 by cheeba
It is a fact that the European Union gives money to "civil" groups in foreiegn countries.

How could anyone say they don't interfere in other countries business?
23:35 January 14, 2011 by teutonic-knight
Belarus is collapsing and it wants to play the blam game on other countries to bring the attention away from itself. Belarus's lies will not make any difference, Belarus's lies in the end it will hit Belarus back in the neck.
11:41 January 15, 2011 by tallady
Rigged elections , raiding homes and offices of people linked to the opposition, interrogating them for hours, and seizing computers and files.. A popular radio station that gave air time to opposition candidates has been shut down.The people are not duped they are angry ,with every right to be so.I doubt that Germany or Poland have to do anything to bring this house of cards down.
00:34 January 18, 2011 by Prufrock2010
Lukashenko's not called "the last European dictator" for nothing. What do you expect him to say after that phony election? Just like Sarah Palin, he blames everyone but himself for his bad conduct.
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