Disinfo: The tweet of the US embassy is a clear intervention in the internal affairs of Belarus and a call for colour revolution

Summary

The tweet of the US embassy is a clear intervention in the internal affairs of Belarus and a call for a colour revolution.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

Two Facebook posts by the U.S. Embassy in Minsk were shown. None are calling for colour revolutions.

The first post is about the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1951, that prohibited U.S. Presidents from serving more than two terms.

The second post is about the right of the people to assemble peacefully.

On 3 June, Brussels, Washington and London issued a joint statement calling for free and fair elections in the country, emphasising “that no politically motivated restrictive measures should prevent potential candidates from fulfilling the registration procedure.”

“Media freedom and the right of peaceful assembly are essential to legitimate elections,” the diplomatic missions said the same week that a visa facilitation agreement entered into force between Belarus and the EU.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that the pro-Western Belarusian opposition prepares 'kill lists' and genocide, the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Twitter, Colour revolutions

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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