'Last Dictator' to Litterbugs: I'll Take Your Car
Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko makes a move on pollution
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2014 11:44 AM CDT
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko waves upon his arrival at the Serbia Palace to meet Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, unseen, in Belgrade, Serbia, June 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

(Newser) – Europe's "last dictator" is no fan of litter. Throw your leftover trash on the streets of Belarus and President Alexander Lukashenko might just take your car. The country's state-run news agency BelTA reports Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, is warning litterers they could face tough punishments including the "confiscation of vehicles." While eliminating pollution is an admirable goal, this is coming from the guy who arrested people for clapping during anti-government demonstrations—and even allowed a one-armed man to be fined for the supposed crime, the Washington Post reports.

Europe's longest-serving ruler has also been known to arrest journalists and opponents and to come down hard on teddy bear stunts. He was given the title of Europe's "last dictator" by Germany's first openly gay minister back in 2012. His response, per The Wire: "When I heard that, I thought: It's better to be a dictator than gay." Lukashenko's latest crackdown comes after a trip to a rural part of the country where he found what he called the "most terrible treatment of farmland." He said, per the Guardian, "They think it is far away and no one will see it. This is irresponsible."

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Aug 1, 2014 3:59 AM CDT
This sounds cute but the things he's done to people who disagree with him, are not.
Aug 1, 2014 12:16 AM CDT
Good, he is the one to keep!
Jeff Haugan
Jul 31, 2014 5:11 PM CDT
And why do we need to know that the German minister was gay? Does it have an impact on the story? No. Does it show newsers agenda? Yes. The "media" never tells sex, origin, race or anything else, becasue that might be "discriminitory" OH NO!!!, but if they are gay it isn't?????????? HYPOCRITES!!!!!