The Belarusian Interior Ministry’s controversial stance on gay people has not gone unnoticed by foreign media.
„Belarus is an ex-Soviet state ruled since 1994 by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has previously said that it is ‘better to be a dictator than gay’.”
“Lukashenko, a former collective farm boss, famously remarked in 2012 that it was ‘better to be a dictator than gay,’ after the European Union slapped sanctions on his country for rights violations.”
In its official statement, the Belarusian Ministry expressed resentment over the fact that the British Embassy in Minsk displayed a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community, on May 17. British diplomats made such a move to draw public attention to LGBT people and the discrimination they face. In turn, the Belarusian ministry promised that gay people ‘shall not pass’.
At the moment, concerned Internet users are collecting signatures under the appeal to the Prosecutor General: they demand the legality of the statement be checked.
As reported earlier, Belarus is high on the list of homophobic European countries.