Disinfo: Protester who died on the streets of Minsk was killed by a Molotov Cocktail he planned to throw

Summary

The first man who died during the protests, this so-called “peaceful demonstrator”, which all the Western media are full of, had a Molotov cocktail in his hand. This Molotov cocktail exploded in his hand. He failed to throw it at the police to blow them up.

People should understand that this isn’t a CNN scenario: the good guys demonstrating against the bad police forces because the state is bad. And states are bad when they have a policy that is not globalist. The main problem of the situation is that Lukashenka resists globalism.

Disproof

False information issued by the Belarus administration and propagated by Russian media to disqualify the civil protests in Belarus.

The video recording of the event and the testimony of his wife published by Associated Press contradict the police version. Stop Fake also examined the event from different videos taken from a different angle and it clearly appears that Alyaksandr Taraikousky, 34, had nothing in his hands and that there was no detonation near him when he was shot down by the police. His body doesn't show either the sequels of a deadly explosion.

Furthermore, the claim that protests occurred in Belarus were possible only because a globalist elite professionally organised it to destabilise a non-cooperating regime is a disinformation. Protests in Belarus erupted after thousands of people took to the streets to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus, that are considered fraudulent by a large part of society.

More cases about Belarus can be seen at the following links: The EU criticised the elections and repression in Minsk, but in fact, the EU and its members have the same lack of democracy and repression, The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to Maidan scenario, Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian government, The EU continues to support a colour revolution in Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: French, Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Protest, Elections

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Two Belarusian activists killed during protests were planning to throw explosives at law enforcers

Two Belarusian activists killed during the protests were planning to throw explosives at law enforcers. This is an already proven scenario – the “Maidan Revolution” of 2014 in Kyiv erupted right after the corpses appeared in the centre of the capital!

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus. Also consistent with the narrative that the West organises coups and colour revolutions all over the world which supports another propaganda narrative about the Western-staged coup d'état in Ukraine. See earlier disinformation cases comparing Belarus protests to Maidan: The West supports a bloody post-election maidan scenario in Belarus; The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to maidan scenario; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus. 

On August 10, a citizen, Alexander Tarajkovski, died during a street rally in Belarus. Another person, who was detained, died in hospital on August 12. Belarusian authorities initially stated that the deceased person intended to throw an explosive which caused his death. However, this version of events is not backed up either by the video footage or a journalistic investigation.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Navalny poisoning.

Similar narrative as in the case of Skripal, based on conspiracies, denials and fabrication in order to cover up Russia's responsibility. Russian propaganda has long been pursuing the claims that the Skripal case was made up to justify sanctions against Russia and was an example of Russophobia.

Repressions in Belarus are extremely small compared to Yellow Vests or BLM

Lukachenko has power and the demonstrators will be repressed. But in the end, the degree of violence and volumes of arrests are extremely small compared to what France has known, for example, with the Yellow Vests where police violence was much more serious. We are dealing with much lower volumes of violence than what is happening in the United States. We must not imagine that it is something that serious. There were already less people demonstrating.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation message using relativism to undermine the West and at the same time legitimatise low standards of democracy, in this case in Belarus.

European countries may experience waves of protest more frequently than Belarus as freedom of assembly is granted by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. In France, since November 2018, the Yellow Vest movement demonstrated every Saturday. Whilst there have been discussions around police violence against the Yellow Vests, the brutality shown to protestors in Belarus cannot be described as extremely small.