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Belarus Communist Party accuse West of sewing disorder in the country

Meanwhile, the IndustriAll trade-union confederation calls on the authorities to ‘stop harassing and prosecuting union members’

BELARUSIAN communists said that unity is “a reliable vaccine against colour revolutions” today as they condemned Western support for organisations seeking to overthrow the government. 

Senior Communist Party of Belarus official Nikolai Volovich reiterated support for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who faces increasing pressure following last week’s imposition of new sanctions by the European Union.

Mr Volovich said the Western powers have no interest in democracy, but want to sever “our historical connection with the Russian world, to include it in [the West’s] sphere of influence and never let go of its deadly embrace.”

Nato and its allies have continued to build a military presence on the borders of Belarus since Mr Lukashenko’s disputed electoral victory last August.

Since then, large sums of cash has been poured into media organisations, along with the establishment of so-called “independent” trade unions, by the Co-ordination Committee headed by opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is in exile in neighbouring Poland.

She was described as “a soap bubble inflated by Western capitalism,” who, along with other Belarusian political emigrants, are trying to destabilise Belarus and spread “professionally edited lies.”

Mr Volovich said that it “is no secret to anyone that the liberal-bourgeois system is a tool for creating internal groups of influence, as well as for the oligarchisation of the economy.”

On Monday the Industriall trade-union confederation condemned union busting and the dismissal of workers for joining the newly established local branch of the Belarusian Independent Union (Bitu) at the Belarusian Steel Works plant.

It called on the authorities to “stop harassing and prosecuting union members” and to engage in negotiations. Two members of Bitu were jailed at the beginning of the month, reportedly for plotting to overthrow the government.

It is one of a number of new so-called “free trade unions” established by the Co-ordination Committee via the ProfSoyuz Online group. According to opposition media, about 25 union organisations have been created, including the Belarusian Trade Union of Radioelectronic Industry Workers (REP) and the Free Trade Union of Metalworkers.

Mr Volovich said: “The European Union, the United States and the West are not concerned with the level of development of democracy, economic or national identity in Belarus, not with the standard of living of the people, but how quickly it can make Belarus an anti-Russia colony with cheap labour and new markets  for their products.” 

“The West need us as a vicious anti-Russian vassal which creates constant turbulence along the border with the Russian Federation … the most reliable vaccine against the virus of destruction … is unity.”

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