JRL NEWSWATCH: “Does Lukashenko have enough forces to oppress the entire country?” – bne Intellinews/ Ben Aris

Map of Belarus and Environs, adapted from images at cia.gov

“Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko normally relies on some 10,000 security forces to enforce his control, but with 100,000s of people on the street that number is woefully inadequate now.”

“… Pictures … show[] detainees sitting on … school gym[] [floors] … hands crossed over their heads … [with] jails … overflowing. The strongman of the last 26 years can’t arrest everybody. The brutal crackdown in Minsk continues in a cat-and-mouse game between … Alyaksandr Lukeshenko file photoOMON riot police and … hundreds of thousands of ordinary people … tak[ing] to the streets [multiple nights in a row] … protest[ing] … Lukashenko’s blatant theft of the [recent] presidential election[] …. But Lukashenko’s grip on the regions is already tenuous. The best and most loyal troops were moved up to the capital in the weeks before the elections, now leaving Lukashenko exposed ….”

Click here for: “Does Lukashenko have enough forces to oppress the entire country? Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko normally relies on some 10,000 security forces to enforce his control, but with 100,000s of people on the street that number is woefully inadequate now” – bne Intellinews/ Ben Aris

[Lukashenko photo is file photo from another year]