|Team||Shots||FO Wins||PPG||SHG||PP Time||PIM|
|3||00:33||BLR||EQ||#88 NESTEROV German scored for Belarus (Assisted by #13 STEFANOVICH Mikhail and #9 LOPACHUK Stanislav).|
|1||00:56||BLR||2 + 2||#17 SHARANGOVICH Yegor for High Sticking.|
|2||02:25||BLR||2||#73 ZNAKHARENKO Dmitri for Tripping.|
|2||06:30||SWE||2||#24 LINDBERG Oscar for Slashing.|
|2||08:07||SWE||2||#3 DAHLBECK Klas for Roughing.|
|2||13:15||BLR||2||#18 KHENKEL Kristian for Hooking.|
If you have been on r/hobbydrama for a while now, you should be familiar with Eurovision, a song contest which a lot European countries (and some non-European countries) participate in. With so many different countries participating, it was inevitable that due geopolitics drama would happen, and if this subreddit already has provided tons of examples of drama.
With this post, we are going to talk about this year’s contest, because before the actual contest even has started tons of drama has already happened. Most of the drama so far has been pretty minor, with some highlights including Cyprus’ entry “Diablo” being protested against due to “satanic imagery” in the song, Vasil from North Macedonia getting shit from North Macedonian folk due to a Bulgarian flag in the music video, bunch of national finals not choosing fan favorites, and my favorite tidbit of Eurovision so far: San Marino entry being a song which features Flo Rida, and it is actually good.
But we aren’t going to talk about countries that are participating this year, we are going to talk about a country that will not be participating this year: Belarus.
The backstory to Belarus
So first a quick backstory on Belarus’ government.
Belarus is an European country with a long history of being occupied by foreign powers, including the Nazis and the Soviet Union. After declaring independence in 1991 it had its first democratic election in 1994. The people elected Alexander Lukashenko as their president of Belarus, and since then he has been the president of Belarus. Since 1994 Lukashenko has been re-elected again and again, getting more and more power each term, however, these re-elections have been widely disputed for being fraudulent. Many times Lukashenko won by large margins, even though through the years he has become more unpopular than ever.
The tension between the people of Belarus and the government of Belarus exploded in 2020 when massive democratic protests were being led against Lukashenko. These protests were the biggest anti-government protests Belarus had ever seen, and Lukashenko could feel that. The government has been cracking down hard on these protests, with multiple reported cases of torture, rape and even deaths. Instead of slowing down the protests, these crackdowns intensified the protests, and the protests really hit its peak when Lukashenko got re-elected again in August of 2020, with more claims of a fra... keep reading on reddit ➡
I've read up a few times that their air space is being banned and of a plane hijack?
For those of you who don’t know, Belarus orchestrated a fake bomb hoax on a passenger airliner from Athens to Vilnius in order to get it to land at Minsk airport. They even sent up a fighter jet as an escort. On landing, a prominent opposition Belarusian journalist was arrested before the plane was allowed to continue.
In the interest of transparency, In 2013, thinking Edward Snowden could be on the president of Bolivia’s plane flying from Russia back to Bolivia. France, Italy, and Spain denied entry to their airspace to the plane, forcing it to land in Austria. It was then searched by police for Snowden before allowed to continue.
I personally believe this type of air piracy is pretty disgusting and should not happen. But I think it should be condemned when any side, regardless of if it’s Belarus or the west partake in it.
What’s your thoughts?