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Belarus scraps short-lived mask mandates amid virus surge

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The desperate conditions of those stranded at Belarus-EU border have been repeatedly ignored, in some cases leading to tragic, avoidable deaths as situation deteriorates. We call on all sides for immediate action to save lives & prevent further suffering.

Groups of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants have been stranded in the Belarus-EU border for weeks, in ever worsening conditions. With the report of another dead asylum-seeker this week, @Refugees  is asking for urgent action.

Freezing to death: the migrants left to die on the belarus'>Poland-Belarus border – video

EU leaders met at #EUCO  to discuss a range of pressing topics: 🔹 Energy prices 🔹 Rule of law and judicial independence in Poland 🔹 Situation in Belarus 🔹 Critical situation in Afghanistan More in President@UvdLeyen 's statement⤵️

Thousands of illegal migrants have crossed from Belarus -- mainly into neighboring Lithuania and Poland -- prompting the two EU members to declare a state of emergency and bolster their borders.

EU condemns Belarus President Lukashenko on 'weaponisation of migrants' ‘The people used by Lukashenko are victims. We must help them’

European leaders have called for Brussels to provide extra funding towards boosting the bloc’s external frontiers as Belarus continues to send across waves of people illegally across its borders | @Barnes_Joe 

Belarus scraps short-lived mask mandates amid virus surge #Health 

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We've got experts on 5 countries looking at how 5 leaders screwed up their countries' pandemic response. Story: Who did the worst? Twitter only allows 4 options in a poll, so to vote for Belarus's Lukashenko or someone else, leave a comment below

The Belarus government has forced down a commercial airplane flying over its territory in order to arrest a passenger - an opposition journalist. This is state-sponsored hijacking.

What do Milosevic in Serbia (2000) Yanukovich in Ukraine (2004) Lukashenko in Belarus (2020) & Trump (2020) have in common? They're all leaders who tried to #OVERTURN  the will of the people as expressed in free & fair elections. So shameful that a U.S. president is on this list.

Protesters in Belarus told me Americans should know how hard it is to fight for democracy after it’s been taken away.

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Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus. Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.

Belarus police grabbing women out of churches

Belarus arresting the leaders of the opposition today, one by one. This would be a propitious time for an American president to *care*, to say so, to brush back Putin, to act like there's a reason the holder of the US presidency used to get called the leader of the free world.

Lukashenko ordered all red and white (pro-democracy) Belarus flags removed from buildings. So the people are making do... ht @ValzhynaMort 

I am confident that every other president in my lifetime would be speaking forcefully in support of the pro democracy protesters in Belarus. This is a shameful abdication of American leadership.

BBC: Security forces now shooting at protesters with live rounds in Belarus

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