Unlike Malaysia though, the people aren't seeking electoral reform, instead they are pressuring the government over a collapsing economy that's gutted living standards and left hundreds of thousands out of work since January in the little post-Soviet country of 10 million.
|Protesters in Minsk clap their hands to show their frustration towards the Belarus government. Image: en.rian.ru|
|Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "The Last Dictator of Europe". Image: eurovisionmania.net|
Mr. Kaplin insists that he was only standing nearby and attempting to photograph demonstrators with his cell phone when plainclothes police grabbed him.
|Plain cloth policemen arresting one of the protesters. Image: globalpost.com|
There was no examination of evidence at all, he adds.
"The judge looked ashamed of herself, and I sympathize with her. She was probably under orders. But this is a huge sum for me to pay, more than twice my monthly pension, and I'm having to ask all my family and friends to help me raise it," he says.-http://www.csmonitor.com
Svetlana Kalinkina, editor of the independent Minsk newspaper Narodnaya Volya, said that there were similar cases occurring before, and one case where a deaf and mute person was accused of shouting antigovernmental slogans.
For those Malaysian who've always bad-mouthed their own country and extol western countries(blindly), these are for you (though I must admit that Malaysia has Her fair share of social and political predicaments, but still a far cry from what's currently happening in Eastern Europe).