Disinfo: The US promotes and supports colour revolutions that turn into armed revolutions

Summary

The US promotes and supports local wars and coloured revolutions that turn into armed revolutions. The coloured revolution in Belarus is about to turn into an armed revolution.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the Belarus protests are a “colour revolution” organised, funded and controlled by the US and other Western states.

The article’s message is consistent with the broad pro-Kremlin narrative that depicts colour revolutions as attempts by the West to overthrow unwelcome regimes in post-Soviet states and other regions. This narrative claims that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent, but are colour revolutions directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change.

There is no evidence that the US or any other Western government are behind the protests in Belarus. Nor is there any evidence that Western governments have orchestrated any other of the so-called “colour revolutions”, such as Euromaidan, the Arab Spring and Catalonia.

Contrary to the pro-Kremlin narrative about “colour revolutions”, popular protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 and then in other cities.

The presidential election were not monitored by independent experts, and were largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a large part of the Belarusian society. Further mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actorsopposition politicians, and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.

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  • Reported in: Issue 234
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Belarus
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Conspiracy theory, Protest, West
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