Belarusian opposition treats Belarusian people as cannon fodder for American missiles

Summary

The Belarusian opposition supports pro-Western propaganda and blames Lukashenko and Putin for everything. It misrepresents the situation alleging that American missiles in Poland are directed against Lukashenko and Putin personally. Hence, it calls people to take part in protests and to overthrow the dictatorship, otherwise the missiles will strike ordinary people. This is slave’s rhetoric because the missiles are targeting all, including opposition members.

Instead of protesting against it, the opposition asks for more American missiles against own people. The opposition treats the Belarusian people as cannon fodder and disrespects it to the extent that this can provoke a global war. Even in case of real military actions, the opposition will be vehemently arguing that the West is good while Russia is bad. Belarusian independent media will support any American military provocation launched from the Polish territory.

Disproof

A collection of conspiracies and ungrounded claims aimed to discredit the US and the West and the democratic Belarusian opposition.

The disinformation message is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives about subservient Belarusian opposition and independent media, alleged plans of the Belarusian opposition to stage a coup in Belarus with US military assistance, Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and belligerent West.

There were no statements by leading Belarusian opposition parties in support of either larger Russian military deployment along the borders with Belarus or larger US military presence in Poland.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that Russia saved Belarus from Western bombing like in Yugoslavia, that Poland plans to take over Minsk after extensive subversive activities in Belarus, and that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: US, Poland, Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, Coup, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Grodnodaily.net
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Disproof

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Disproof

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The Council of Europe is a completely meaningless and absolutely anti-Russian organisation

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Council of Europe, undermining role of this institution. The Council of Europe is an international organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. The Council of Europe is not "anti" any country. PACE resolutions aim at resolving existing problems and cannot be considered as steps against the country concerned.

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