Four hours of oratorical drivel, compliments of a tyrant

  • 2006-03-08
  • By Jan Maksymiuk
RFE/RL - Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made a nearly four-hour-long televised speech to some 2,500 handpicked loyalists at a gathering called the All-Belarusian People's Assembly in Minsk on March 2. The speech was very distinctive of Lukashenko's oratorical skills and fully reflected the authoritarian character of official political discourse in Belarus, where only one individual 's the incumbent president 's is allowed to know and proclaim answers to any imaginable question from every possible person. Below follows a look at Lukashenko's typical oratorical techniques. Lukashen...
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