Disinfo: EU is showcasing hypocrisy in its handling of Belarus


When will Macron ask the European Union to stand by the hundreds of thousands of yellow vest protesters who seek by means of peaceful demonstrations to have their rights, freedoms and sovereignty respected? When will the European Union […] start acting […] to support protests in its own backyard? This is the definition of hypocrisy.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message aimed at undermining  European values and justifying violence against protesters in Belarus.

The message uses disinformation technique of "whataboutism" allegedly exposing the ills of the West. The situations in France and Belarus are not comparable, France is a democracy where Yellow Vests presented their candidates' list for the European Parliament elections in 2019. According to Freedom House, the French political system features vibrant democratic processes and generally strong protections for civil liberties and political rights.

The EU has urged the Belarusian authorities to stop the disproportionate and unacceptable violence against peaceful protesters and does not recognize the results of presidential election as process did not meet the international standards expected of a participating state of the OSCE.

More cases about Belarus can be read at the following links: Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian governmentThe EU continues to support a colour revolution in BelarusThe US wishes to destabilise Belarus and provoke a war, Polish ruling elites dream of military interventionThe West is helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the electionBelarus will either become part of Russia or the West’s poor colonyNATO pays the Belarusian opposition $1 per one person infected with the coronavirus.

See related disinformation cases about the Yellow Vest protests in France here. 


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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