ON-Lion Letter
In the aftermath of December 2010's presidential election in Belarus -- in which dictator Alexander Lukashenko, the country's president for the past 16 years, won 80% of the "vote" -- there were demonstrations on the streets of the capital, Minsk, protesting illegalities in the election.  Hundreds were heavy-handedly arrested. 

Those detained included seven opposition candidates; four remained in detention as of late January.  Among other voices for freedom and democracy, the founders of and actors in the Belarus Free Theatre -- many of whom fled the country in the wake of the unrest -- have been told that if they return home, they will face prison. 

The Charter 97 website has been accurately reporting on that which is occurring in Belarus for many years now, including even more courageously since the arrests and detentions.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has supported the gutsy Charter 97 website, the brave Belarus Free Theatre, and other dauntless democracy-promotion activists and defenders of human rights there.
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