Lukashenko’S “Belarusian Umbrella”

2021-05-25   |   by CusiGO

Europe provides a lot of discourse for the universal political culture. Perhaps the most enduring and unfortunate are tyrants and dictators: the first from ancient Greece and the second from classical Rome. A tyrant is a person who gains absolute power in the police, while a dictator is a person to whom the Senate of Rome gives power in turbulent times, on the condition that once the danger of the Republic is over, he will regain power. When they are created, neither word is necessarily negative. It was only later, especially in the 20th century, that they became what they are today. As Olivier Guez, a French essayist and journalist, wrote in a recent book, the century of dictators, “dictators have never proliferated as much as they did in the last century, just as progress and technology, their two main forces, have been disadvantageous to them.” In that century of tyranny, only one European representative, the last dictator, Aleksandr Lukashenko, came to power.

The hijacking of a commercial plane over Belarus on Sunday to arrest opposition Roman protasevic and his girlfriend Sofia sapega is a reminder of how difficult it is to share the same space (air, politics, commerce and Geography) with people like Lukashenko, After winning his first presidential election after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1994, he has been in power in an increasingly brutal way. International isolation does not seem to have weakened Vladimir Putin because of his unconditional support.

Lukashenko is a character who belongs to a fortunately extinct Europe, where authoritarian regimes proliferated in the 1920s and 1930s, or in Eastern Europe, with the establishment of Communist dictatorships after World War II. During her nearly 30 years in power, she has followed a rule defined by Hannah Arendt in the origin of Totalitarianism: “totalitarian leaders must avoid normalization and new lifestyles at all costs.”

The kidnapping cases of protasevic and sapega clearly answer this axiom: any symbol that may change must be persecuted anywhere. In this regard, Lukashenko also has an old tradition of satire. Bulgarian Communist dictator Todor ZHIVKOV ordered the murder of dissident Georgi Markov in London. He was executed in 1978 with Bulgaria’s famous umbrella: the opposition was slightly stabbed in the street by ricin and died within a few days. Since then, countries such as Rwanda, North Korea, China, Russia or Saudi Arabia (in the case of khasoji, for example) have been pursuing the opposition far from the border, showing their citizens that as long as they give orders, there can be no other world.