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Civil Resistance: Belarus | 52m | Documentary (2023)

In 2020, in Belarus, there was a peaceful popular uprising after Europe's last dictator, Alexander Lukashenka, falsified the presidential election result to remain in power for a sixth consecutive term. Lukashenka violently repressed the opposition by using his security forces to arrest, torture and incarcerate thousands. But Lukashenka was unable to crush the people's spirit and yearning for democracy.

This documentary explores how Lukashenka rose to power after the demise of the Soviet Union, how he turned Belarus into a Russian satellite state - and how the Belarusian people courageously found a way to confront his ruthless authoritarian regime.

Civil Resistance: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya | 28m | Interview (2023)

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the Democratic Leader of Belarus.

She ran against incumbent president Alexander Lukashenka in the 2020 presidential elections and won - but was forced into exile after his dictatorship crushed the Belarusian people's peaceful uprising for democracy.

In this in-depth interview, Sviatlana talks to Manoto TV presenter Parisa Savoji about the events of 2020 and beyond.


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Belsat. ‘President of Poland issues decree on state of emergency on border with Belarus,’ Belsat. 3 September 2021.

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Information Analysis Portal of the Union State. ‘Belarus starts granting additional protection to Afghan migrants,’ Information Analysis Portal of the Union State. 2 September 2021.

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Belsat. ‘Migrants on borders of EU: How Lukashenka taking revenge for Western sanctions,’ Belsat. 1 September 2021.

Belsat. ‘Belarus authorities close down environmental watchdog Ekadom,’ Belsat. 1 September 2021.