‘Ullo, ‘Ullo, ‘Ullo September 23, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
What’s goin’ on ‘ere then? (OK, enough of the apostrophes.) If you speak Russian (and have the patience of a saint), you can click here for comment on the second explosion in as many weeks in the northern Belarusian city of Vitebsk. (I’ve had to resist the temptation to transliterate from the Belarusian name of the city. I suppose Vitebsk can be accepted as an international form, and the city is not unknown in international circles as it is the birthplace of Chagall). The Beeb reports here (misspelling Belarusian for good measure). My first thought is that this is unlikely to be anything to do with democracy or Lukashenka. It’s probably just a local feud of some sort, albeit a pretty nasty one. And, anyway, when Lukashenka’s curtain call finally does come, I hope it will be via peaceful, even, dare I say it, democratic means. I fear a Ukraine analogy may be wishful thinking as there’s no Yushchenko figure in Belarus and the Ukrainians had already held mass protests before last year’s finally worked. But dum spiro spero.