What's happening in Belarus is truly a disgrace to Europe.That there certainly is such a need is underlined by today's analysis by Eurasia Daily Monitor commentator David Marples, who writes:
There is a need to intensify discussions on how Europe should react to obvious repression in Belarus.
The Belarusian authorities have exacerbated the tension surrounding the 2006 presidential election campaign by declaring that the opposition plans an uprising on Sunday, March 19. KGB chief Stsyapan Sukharenka has warned that any demonstrations will be regarded as acts of terrorism. Participants could theoretically be imprisoned for 25 years, jailed for life, or even face the death penalty for appearing in public on the day of the vote. He cited a false exit poll allegedly confiscated from the Partnerstvo group as well as potential Georgian involvement in an uprising.