“We have a joke,” Natalia Kaliada, co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre, tells Christiane Amanpour.
“The head of electoral committee [comes] to [President Alexander] Lukashenko and [says] that, ‘We have bad news and good news.”
“And he said, ‘Start from good news.’”
“‘You are the president again.’”
“‘So what bad news?’”
“‘Nobody voted for you.’”
Belarus is considered the last dictatorship in Europe. Lukashenko has ruled with an iron fist there for 20-years, stamping out any dissent.
Kaliada unsurprisingly is an outspoken critic of Lukashenko, through theatre, and that has forced her into exile.
“When KGB arrived they said we will not allow you to organize a second Maidan – freedom square in Ukraine.”
Click above to watch Amanpour’s full conversation with Kaliada.