Attack on the US Capitol. What are consequences for Belarus?

The United States has launched a criminal investigation into the attack on the Capitol provoked by Donald Trump, who refuses to admit defeat in the election, even though later the 45th President of the United States promised a smooth and flawless transfer of power to the new administration. And how will these events affect Belarus?

US President Donald Trump addressed his supporters via a renewed Twitter account: “Now, Congress has certified the results. A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

Trump, who previously said he had been robbed of the election, admitted defeat after the riots in Washington and agreed to peacefully hand over power to Joe Biden. On January 6, his supporters stormed the Capitol building. Four people were killed and 14 policemen were injured in the clashes.

The sad events have become a real gift for Alyaksandr Lukashenka, political scientist Pavel Vusau thinks. In his opinion: “Physical clashes, deaths will be used to the maximum by the same Lukashenka, I’m not talking about Russia, for his own internal violence against the protests.”

Lukashenka did react quickly to the events in Washington: who would have thought that they would storm the citadel of world democracy. And after that he called upon “a small group of people who walk around Minsk on weekends, to pull themselves together and calm down.”

“Remember I warned you: it is bad if they walk down the street, even worse if they walk in the yard, it will be unbearable if they come to your apartment. We must not allow this. Thus, I ask you only one thing, so that you understand me and do not condemn me at once,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka said.

This is a manipulation, says political scientist Pavel Vusau. However, he warns that the more there are new crises and conflict events in the world, the less attention is paid to Belarus. “Here we are left to ourselves. Belarusians must understand that now is such an era, such a situation that the world is helping for two or three weeks. After that, the societies themselves must solve their problems.”

Just before the New Year, Donald Trump signed the Belarus Democracy Act. It says the United States does not recognize the presidential election in Belarus as free and fair, calls for new elections, and condemns harsh repression, illegal arrests and violence by security forces against peaceful protesters. The act entitles the US president to impose sanctions on the Lukashenka regime. But that will already be the prerogative of the next president, Joe Biden.

Ihar Stankevich,