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Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko would rather be branded a dictator than be gay

The Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko lashed out at the EU politicians who have threatened him with further sanctions, He said he would rather be branded as a dictator than be gay.

AFP has the story:

The mercurial Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko lashed out Sunday at recent sanctions imposed by Europe over his rights record by saying he would rather be branded a dictator than be gay.

Lukashenko said in impromptu remarks at a mass ski event that the foreign ministers of Poland and Germany, who had spearheaded the diplomatic offensive against his government, were outsiders who deserved public scorn.

“One lives in Warsaw and the other in Berlin,” Lukashenko said in apparent reference to Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

“As for the second one who was screaming about a dictatorship… Having heard that, I thought to myself: better to be a dictator than gay.”

Lukashenko last year said he had once told Westerwelle, who is openly gay, during a meeting that “he must lead a normal life”.

He later apologised for his remarks but added that he “did not like gays.”

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