The rise of authoritarianism and the struggle for liberty is the theme of this post.
Russia and Belarus
There were unusually large protests a week ago against the dictatorship in
Belarus, while those in Russia at the same time were the largest
there in years. Tens of thousands took
to the streets in scores of cities across Russia
in unauthorized protests against corruption, after a leading opposition figure
was able to disseminate a video about the wealth amassed by Russia’s Prime Minister and his
extravagant lifestyle. The Russian Federation is led by an authoritarian
regime that is also a kleptocracy, while most of the Russian people have been
denied the benefits of the country’s oil wealth, while Russia is spending money on wars in Ukraine and Syria. The protests continued in Russia this
week on a smaller scale, as the size of the ones the weak before surprised
everyone and have bolstered the democratic opposition, despite the arrest of
several hundred demonstrators, including the opposition leader.
Meanwhile, the European Peoples Parties, a European Parliament group of center-right parties from across Europe, condemned the
Federation’s undermining of democratic elections in Europe.
Hong Kong’s Pro-Peking Administrator
The Chinese Communists appointed an administrator who is pro-Peking, despite Chinese promises of autonomy and democracy for the former British territory and despite protests for autonomy and democracy and wins by the democratic opposition in the territory’s administrative council elections.
Turkish Referendum to Increase Presidential Powers
Venezuela’s Opposition Defends the Separation of Powers
The Supreme Court had ruled last week in favor of executive rule, stripping the democratically-elected Congress, which is led by the democratic opposition to the authoritarian Socialist regime, of its powers and substituted rule by executive decree in its place. The democratic opposition had won a two-thirds supermajority in the Venezuelan Congress. The opposition and the Organization of American States opposed the ruling as a coup d’etat by the dictatorship. Their pressure was successful in leading the Court to reverse its ruling.
The Venezuelan regime has refused to seat some of the members who were elected, thereby denying the opposition their supermajority, which would have provided it with the ability to override presidential vetoes and other powers. The Socialist dictatorship has also thwarted the opposition’s attempts to free all of
political prisoners and to institute certain democratic reforms and initiate
changes in policy.