Belarus has been excluded by the organizers of the next edition of Eurovision Song Contest to be held next May in the Netherlands for songs deemed “inappropriate”. Belarus denounced a “politically motivated” decision.
Indeed, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced Friday evening that “unfortunately Belarus will not participate” in the competition. This announcement comes after the controversy over the songs offered by this country shaken by an unprecedented protest movement.
The group chosen to represent Belarus, Galasy Zmesta, had proposed a first song called “I will teach you”, angering the opposition with lyrics such as “I will teach you to fall into line” , a thinly veiled reference to the repression of demonstrations against power.
This first song was rejected by the organizers of Eurovision Song Contest, as was the second, which “also violates the rules of the competition, which ensure that the competition is not exploited or discredited,” said the EBU in a statement.
The second song proposed by Galasy Zmesta was more nuanced, but the leader of the group revealed on Saturday to the Russian news agency Ria Novosti that the meaning of this fable about a rabbit, farmed chickens and a fox “is entirely within reach. obvious fact ”.
“That Europe is afraid to allow a song on stage about rabbits – it is a final and absolute disgrace,” the Belarusian broadcasting company denounced Friday evening on Telegram.
Ivan Eïsmont, who heads the selection committee for the Belarusian Eurovision Song Contest, for his part blasted Ria Novosti on Saturday for a “politically motivated” disqualification.
Belarus, a country nestled between Russia and the European Union, has been rocked by major political unrest since the contested re-election in August of President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994.
Demonstrations of unprecedented scale took place almost every weekend for months, most of them severely suppressed by the police. Thousands of people have been arrested and the leaders of the protest have been imprisoned or forced into exile.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and top officials in his government.