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Tyga pulls out of a controversial concert in Belarus after a human rights group urged him to cancel,
A human rights group is calling on Tyga to cancel an upcoming show in Belarus, claiming that the rapper’s performance has been designed as a distraction to draw attention to upcoming elections that could end the 26-year reign of dictator Alexander. Lushashenko.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the US-based Human Rights Foundation has requested that Tyga (real name Michael Ray Stevenson) withdraw from his August 8 performance at Hip Hop Fireworks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, noting that the event The government-sponsored program is scheduled for the night before the country’s presidential elections and is part of a “plan to distract protesters from opposition rallies.”
In a letter sent to the rapper, the foundation hints that Tyga is an unwitting pawn in a larger scheme, claiming that the concert was “organized and financed by the Belarusian dictatorship, led by Alexander Lukashenko,” adding that under his leadership the country ha “No freedom of expression, no freedom of assembly and no freedom of association.”
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Human rights in Belarus, the foundation notes, are virtually non-existent under Lushashenko’s authoritarian regime.
“This performance, scheduled for the day before the Belarus elections, is not a coincidence. It is an excuse to cancel the opposition’s final election rally and prevent ordinary Belarusians from showing their support for freedom and democracy, ”HRF President Thor Halvorssen said in a statement. “It is also a deliberate attempt to deflect attention from the massive electoral fraud that is already occurring across the country. In short: his concert will serve as propaganda for the authoritarian Lukashenko regime the day before the elections. “
Halvorssen added: “His support for the Lukashenko regime will greatly undermine the activism he has encouraged in the United States and provide the Belarusian dictator with a useful propaganda stunt. We hope that you will side with the Belarusian people and not with their oppressor. He must decline the invitation to act for the dictator. “
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Following the publication of that open letter, Tyga announced his decision to cancel the performance to “avoid any conflict with the elections in Belarus.”
I really wanted to play in Minsk for my fans in Belarus in the spirit of bringing great music to a market that I had never played before.
– T-Raww (@Tyga) August 6, 2020
My performance was not politically motivated and in order to avoid any conflict with the Belarusian elections, I will not perform on August 8 in Minsk. I hope to play again for my fans there at a future date.
– T-Raww (@Tyga) August 6, 2020
Rapper SAINt JHN, who was also on the bill, also withdrew from the show and shared the news in a video he posted on social media.
“Right now is not the time… This is not the time. When things settle down and settle down a little more, ”he said. “Everyone in Belarus really screw us, thank you sincerely. But not today or tomorrow. Somewhere a little further down the line. “
✝️✝️ you already know my views. Belarus, see you when the world opens up. pic.twitter.com/qGBWE8NtsN
– SAINt (@SAINtJHN) August 7, 2020