Disinfo: There were mass demonstrations in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

Summary

There were mass demonstrations in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions.

Disproof

The photo accompanying the information that mass demonstrations were held in Berlin, is fake.

Reverse image search traced the photo back to as early as July 2019 and is not connected to Berlin at all.

As Tagesschau reports, the August 1 protests in Berlin against the COVID-19 restrictions sparked criticism and discussion. Fake reports and manipulative photos have been shared on social media mentioning that 1.3 million people took part in the protests.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Western countries and their domestic puppets aim at crushing Belarusian statehood

The latest developments in Belarus are the result of actions by pro-Western collaborators and their masters from the UK and US as well as their vassals from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Czech Republic. This is carefully planned managed chaos with the aim of crushing the Belarusian statehood. The events are aggravated by the fact that pro-Western people were increasingly included in state management, which resulted in Russophobia and attempts of historical revisionism.

This is another attempt to organise a hybrid Maidan revolution in Belarus. The previous attempt in 2010 was ended thanks to coordination between the Belarusian and Russian security bodies. The West wages an information war and uses Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, and others as puppets. The authorities of Belarus need to crack down on all collaborators, to clean the internet from opposition content, and to sign 31 integration roadmaps with Russia.

Disproof

This is a mix of classic pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, about EU countries as US or Anglo-Saxon 'puppets,' and attempts of historical revisionism in Belarus. It also groundlessly presents Belarusian opposition politicians as Western puppets and draws an implicit false dilemma about the direction of Belarus' political development (union with Russia vs. loss of statehood). This false dilemma was repeatedly promoted in earlier disinformation cases herehere, and here.

It should be noted that the recent presidental elections were considered neither free nor fair by the EU. In the past, the EU and US repeatedly introduced sanctions against Belarusian officials for mass violations of human rights and electoral standards, they have not attempted to stage a colour revolution in Belarus or any other country.

European feminists aim at destroying traditional Belarusian values through Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Feminism is a Western evil, which came to Belarus through gender equality programmes. There are few strong men left in the West, many were either turned to women or became sexual minorities. Now rich curators and European feminists are looking for Belarus. The female trio consisting of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kalesnikava, and Veranika Tsepkala diminish males’ dignity, incite provocations, and provoke people’s aggression against the state authorities. They also fight against strong men who defend the country against Western enemies and provocateurs. If feminists get into power in Belarus, traditional family values will be crumbled. The Day of Airborne Forces will be replaced with gay prides. So when special police detain protesters on the streets, they defend the country and traditional values.

Disproof

This message is related to the recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda about mean Western actions towards Belarus and the EU's moral decay. It wrongly equates the concepts of feminism and gender equality with homosexuality propaganda and the erosion of family values. The EU advances gender equality between women and men as a fundamental human right.

The message is founded on conspiracy about the far-reaching anti-Belarusian plan of European feminists with the use of the female Belarusian political trio which has been challenging Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka. In reality, the leadership of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Maria Kalesnikava, and Veranika Tsepkala was to a big extent, a spontaneous consequence of the repressive actions Lukashenka applied towards presidential candidates. Tsikhanouskaya is the wife of a popular blogger, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, who was arrested on dubious charges in late May 2020. Maria Kalesnikava led the electoral campaign of Viktar Babaryka, former board chairman at Russian-owned Belgazprombank, who was detained on 18 June 2020 and consequently not registered as a candidate. Veranika Tsepkala headed the election campaign of her husband Valery Tsepkala who left Belarus with their children in late July due to fear of arrest. Read more about the spontaneous political female leadership in Belarus here.

Globalists want their candidate to win the 2020 US presidential elections at any cost

Globalism is collapsing. We can see this collapse in the United States, for example [in the context of racial justice protests]. Globalists view the Trump administration as an existential threat. Globalists want their candidate to win the 2020 US presidential elections and to preserve the global liberal order, at any cost, even at the cost of destroying the United States itself.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the article’s claims.

The article suggests that “globalists” are destroying the United States by orchestrating the anti-racist protests in the US in order to undermine the Trump administration and assure the victory of their candidate in the 2020 US presidential elections. It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that depicts the racial justice protests in the US as a civil war, or as the disintegration or systemic collapse of American society.