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Belarusian leader scorns German FM for being gay

The Local · 5 Mar 2012, 10:08

Published: 05 Mar 2012 10:08 GMT+01:00

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The 57-year-old had already come under fire last year when stated that he, “did not like gays.”

Lukashenko was being interviewed at a ski event when the conversation turned to the foreign ministers of Poland and Germany, who had spearheaded a recent diplomatic offensive against his government. He called them “outsiders who deserved public scorn.”

"One lives in Warsaw and the other in Berlin," Lukashenko said in apparent reference to Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

"As for the second one who was screaming about a dictatorship... Having heard that, I thought to myself: better to be a dictator than gay," the Belarusian president said.

Lukashenko last year said he had once told Westerwelle, who is openly gay, during a meeting that "he must lead a normal life."

The farm boss - often described as Europe's last dictator - has left his ex-Soviet nation in growing diplomatic isolation over his nearly 18-year rule.

EU states withdrew their ambassadors from Minsk last month, after Belarus recalled its own representatives from Brussels and Warsaw in protest over a new raft of travel and financial restrictions imposed on senior officials.

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Lukashenko has faced waves of Western sanctions in the past but is now also in growing danger of seeing the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship pulled from Minsk - a blow for the sport-mad president.


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10:41 March 5, 2012 by Krim
To be gay is a private issue. Been Dictator is of a concern to any citizen of this Earth.
11:44 March 5, 2012 by pepsionice
This is like that stupid party game...would you rather live in a slum in Brazil or a slum in Mexico City? Would you rather have two heads or have a 3-ft long tail? Would you rather drink spoiled beer or spoiled buttermilk?
13:27 March 5, 2012 by cheeba
I'd rather be gay than be seen in public in that hideous comb- over of Lukashenko. i wonder what he uses to keep it down? Bacon grease? Imagine what his pillow looks like in the morning ! sure the ladies love that.
13:37 March 5, 2012 by Chupaki
He's kind of right, dictatorship is awesome compared to everything else as long as you're the dictator. When not, it sucks.
13:49 March 5, 2012 by Englishted
I don't agree what he said it is wrong.

However I have often thought of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle problems in traveling to countries where homosexuality is a crime e.g. many countries in the middle east ,should he speak out in those countries or just pretend he has not noticed ?.
15:05 March 5, 2012 by petenick
Actually the more I look at this idiot, the more he looks like a Slavic Hitler.
15:56 March 5, 2012 by Johnne
I think this guy takes some overdose ganja!! :-D
16:01 March 5, 2012 by nemo999
Which is worse being gay or being a despot. My vote would be for being a despot. If Alexander would just resign an go into the closet and shut the door behind him, he would be better off and we certainly would all be better off.

When I think of enlighten despots, Alexander Lukashenko does not appear on the list, it is the enlighten part that is so hard to achieve, he does appear on the thug list, somewhere near his idol Stalin.

If comments from Guido can get him upset, someone should check Alexander medication levels, he might have skipped a few doses.
17:21 March 5, 2012 by Wise Up!
LOL! This should be interesting - gays vs. dictators! They usually work hand in hand (sorry for the pun).
17:48 March 5, 2012 by moccasynth
another closet gay
18:02 March 5, 2012 by qtmatt
Better to be gay than a president of made up country.
19:18 March 5, 2012 by raandy
This man believes in a mans world , a dying concept , I can warm a bit to this but in truth it's no longer a mans world. You have to change with the times or be left behind.
21:21 March 5, 2012 by rajkshan
Whatever was or is said, Wester thinks he is a BIG BOSS of Europe, but he is nothing without the power of Germany. I am also a bit sick of him over his recent comments about Iran, Syria, Libya, etc. He looks like a puppet. I GUES SO HE IS.
22:21 March 5, 2012 by wood artist
If someone is chosen (or elected) to represent their country's government, I think it's inappropriate for another country to publicly question that. In some countries, the idea that an ambassador or elected leader might be a woman is terrible. However, that doesn't give them the right to tell another country how to run the place. The whole concept of diplomacy is based upon mutual respect, even if you don't like the person on the other side of the table.

He's entitled to his opinion, and everyone else is entitled to theirs. In his case, he should keep his opinion to himself, simply because who represents Germany isn't his business. If Germans are satisfied with him, what right does some two-bit dictator have to say otherwise. He might be equally offended if...gasp...a woman showed up representing Germany. Deal with it!

03:55 March 6, 2012 by Den Maskin
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08:18 March 6, 2012 by Englishted
@Den Maskin,

Just to let you know Westerwelle is the ex leader of a party that has under 3% of the vote in resent polls.

His private life has nothing to do with that it is his parties policies.
01:23 March 7, 2012 by Den Maskin
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02:44 March 7, 2012 by Jeff10
Why is this news? On the other hand, wasn't Hitler both?
23:10 March 7, 2012 by morel
Let me see if I've got this right. We can recognise an exemplary city by the pretty flowers in the streets, no?
09:20 March 9, 2012 by Michael R
Send this stupid looking hill billy to Oklahoma, then he can join the Tea Party and the rest of the " cant mind my own business" retards.
20:00 March 16, 2012 by ChuChu
Ooops...soooo sorry, the gays are up in arms !! (again) the sensitivity doll, oh the

sensitivity of these macho men...thank heavens their genes will not be passed on.
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