Tyga Cancels Belarus Concert After Human Rights Foundation Raises Concerns

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“My performance was not politically motivated and to avoid any conflict with the Belarus elections”

Tyga, January 2020 (Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the United States–primarily based human rights advocacy nonprofit Human Rights Foundation published an open letter to Tyga, asking the rapper to cancel a scheduled performance within the Belarusian capital of Minsk over issues that the live performance was “an excuse to cancel the opposition’s final electoral rally” on the eve of a doubtlessly historic presidential election. Both he and SAINt JHN had been set for the August eight present. Now, each artists have introduced that they’ve canceled their appearances and won’t be touring to Minsk for the present.

“I was looking forward to playing in Minsk for my fans in Belarus in the spirit of bringing great music to a market I’ve never played before,” Tyga wrote in an announcement. “My performance was not politically motivated and to avoid any conflict with the Belarus elections, I will not be performing on August 8th in Minsk. I hope to be back to play for my fans there at a future date.”

In a video posted to his social media channels, SAINt JHN mentioned, “Right now ain’t the time…. This just ain’t it. When things calm down and get a little more quiet…. There’s real things happening everywhere on the planet…. Everyone in Belarus that really fucks with us, thank y’all sincerely. But not today, and not tomorrow. Somewhere a little bit later down the line.”

Belarus president Alexander G. Lukashenko, who has been in workplace since 1994, is taken into account an authoritarian, with a monitor document of jailing political opponents forward of elections and denying others the chance to look on the poll. His main challenger on this yr’s election on August 9 is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the spouse of would-be candidate Sergei Tikhanovsky, who was arrested in May.



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