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‘It’s Better to be a Dictator than Gay’ Says Belarus President

‘It’s Better to be a Dictator than Gay’ Says Belarus President


Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has reportedly lashed out at openly gay German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle over recent sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), calling claims that he is a dictator ludicrous and then adding ‘it’s better to be a dictator than gay.”

Lukashenko, in comments made over the weekend, was vocal in criticizing EU politicians over threatening sanctions due to the country’s human rights record. He reacted particularly strongly to the German Foreign Minister’s branding him “Europe’s last dictator.”


Lukashenko said Belarus would give a strong reaction to any sanctions, according to local news agency Belta.

“This is absolute hysteria,” Belta reported him as saying.

“And as you can see, at the forefront there are two types of politicians … one lives in Warsaw, another in Berlin.”

“Whoever was shouting about dictatorship there … when I heard that, I thought: it’s better to be a dictator than gay.”

European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels over the weekend called for new measures to pressure the Belarus President over alleged human rights abuses. Lukashenko has been in power since 1994.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who wasn’t explicitly named by Lukashenko but who is thought to have been the target of his comments, was appointed foreign minister in 2009. He entered a civil partnership with event manager Michael Mronz in 2010.

This isn’t the first time Lukashenko has attacked Westerwelle however.

Via On Top Magazine:

The 57-year-old Lukashenko last year reportedly told Westerwelle that “he must lead a normal life.”

He later offered a tepid apology, which included saying he “did not like gays.”

This outburst  follows an escalation of tensions between Belarus’ administration and the European Union after Belarus recently expelled an EU ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Brussels over recent EU sanctions.

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11:37PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Why are so many people so obsessed with another's sexual choices? As long as there is mutual consent and NO children are involved, they should mind their own sexual behavior and stay out of others!

11:39PM PST on Mar 7, 2012


1:29PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

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6:19AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

A typical senseless statement. Gays tend to be caring - dictators do not.

5:18AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Well most Dictators tend to be dicks, though that mustache may suggest that he may have a penchant for the Village People and ABBA but then it might be reading more into it that he wants to make out. Still most dictators tend to be insecure and sexually inadequate.

4:13AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

The phrase "Heil Hitler" comes to mind...

4:07AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

yes, absolutely.
forcing people to accept you at gunpoint and threat of death, then removing all of their rights and often murdering those that oppose you, or imprisoning and torturing them is sooooo much better than loving someone of your own sex.
my goodness, i am so glad someone pointed this out.

2:37AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

I'd tell the dictator "don't knock it until you try it". Maybe he tried it, and liked it, and was too ashamed to admit it.

2:10AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Dictators can be gay?! If it wasn't tragic, it could be funny.

12:30AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

what happened to this man in his childhood? What a disgrace to his country!

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