First political viral video from Belarus passes 60,000 views

Mar 7, 2012

A new video from Belarus depicting President Alexander Lukashenko as an annoying bee harassing a journalist has reached more than 60,000 views since it was posted 29 February, making it the first political video in the country to go viral.

This political video was inspired by the famous Belarusian YouTube leak “A bee in the screen, get it the f@ck out of here” (see below). It also references the violent crackdown on demonstrators after the December 2010 elections and writes the names in the closing titles of those people who bear the biggest responsibility for the repressions. It is the first video in Belarus on political issues go viral and has reached more than 60,000 views as of 7 March.

PS.” The bee in the screen” is the famous recording of the Belarusian State TV correspondent in Latvia who, while recording his economic story, sees a bee in the camera lens and asks the cameraman to “take it it the f@ck out of there”. This recording obviously never made it on TV, but it was leaked to the Internet reaching 500,000 views.

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Alaksiej Lavoncyk

Alaksiej Lavonczyk is a media activist and social media expert from Minsk, Belarus. He had been in charge of the training projects for the NGOs and media on building their capacity in online campaigning and end-user security. Alaksiej had also acted as a consulting and technical expert for NGOs and media in Belarus and four countries of Central Asia (except Turkmenistan) on upgrading media/NGO websites to meet contemporary standards, and on their promotion online. Alaksiej is also running an online training centre for the Central Asians preparing the specialists in SMO promotion.
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