Disinfo: Foreign forces have tried to instill Nazism in Belarus but failed

Summary

Foreign forces have tried to instill Nazism in Belarus but failed. The enormous financial investments, direct foreign involvement and promotion of radical ideologies in the protests have not managed to succeed in turning Belarus into a Nazi state. Such a strategy would be impossible to succeed since Belarus has already lost so much because of Nazism. Foreign puppeteers and their collaborators on the ground are the main driving force of the street protests.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the West attempting to incite a colour revolution and destabilise Belarus with maintaining foreign involvement in Belarusian protests.

The claim that Belarusian protests try to revive Nazism or that they are inspired by the Nazi ideology is not supported by facts.

The protests in Belarus started after the presidential elections in August 2020 and have continued since. Mass arrests of protesters have not managed to stop the protest wave, with a particular focus on intimidating and detaining journalists in order to restrict the work of the media. In the meantime, protesters mostly have remained peaceful and forms of protests have evolved into smaller scale but equally widespread actions.

Foreign assistance has been publicly declared and defended on the grounds of the protection of Belarusian citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms, instead of being covert and aimed at inculcating Nazi ideology. The EU has expressed its support for the Belarusian people to fight for their democratic rights, after extending sanctions against high officials in December 2020. The US has also expanded sanctions later in December 2020.

See other examples The West is behind the protests in Belarus; the West uses neo-nazis to destabilise Russia and its neighbouring states; Europe supports the revival of fascism; Nazi Ideology is on the rise again in a number of OSCE participating states; Strikes in Belarusian factories are sponsored by Poland and Lithuania; CIA will try to repeat a Maidan scenario in Belarus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 228
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Colour revolutions, Nazi/Fascist
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