For people who didn’t watch Eurovision this year (Eww, who are you?), it’d be easy to confuse Loreen for a Miss Universe contestant and Mother Theresa wannabe. That’s because the pop-diva-turned-activist recently made another stand for human rights.
While in Minsk for a gala dinner and concert, Loreen snuck away for a bit to meet with some of the folks suffering the most at the hands of President Alexander Lukashenko—a man George Bush once described as “the last dictator in Europe.” This proves once again that Loreen is our kind of girl: first she eats all the scrumptious food that the President has to offer, then she sneaks away to meet with his biggest opponents. You go, girl!
Loreen may have been throwing up her caviar the next morning. Speaking to reporters, she revealed how pained she was when she met with activists. “The meeting made an unbelievably strong impression,” the Swedish singer of Moroccan-Berber descent told reporters. “It pains my heart to hear the conditions under which they live.”
According to Radio Free Europe, Loreen spent more than two hours with Nataliya Pinchuk, whose husband is currently serving a 5.5 year sentence for tax evasion charges. Supporters say those charges are politically motivated. “I think things will work out fine. I really hope so,” Loreen is quoted by RFE as saying. “Because it breaks my heart that such a wonderful family is separated like this — where the son is in one place and the mother in another, and the father in prison and fighting for the right things.”
Watch a snippet of Loreen’s meeting with Nataliya:
Loreen only felt comfortable talking to journalists about her secret meetings after-the-fact. She had to keep it all very hush-hush beforehand to avoid a crackdown by the government. But even after the meetings Loreen got a bit of a scare. “On my way to the airport I felt followed and felt a certain fear,” she revealed. “So I understand what these people must go through.”
Oh, Loreen: an airport limo ride and several years in prison are two very different things. But nonetheless, we at WiwiBloggs.Com applaud your efforts to take your Eurovision title and spread peace and freedom across Europe.
And Loreen isn’t just about kind words. She crab-walked her way to the bank en route to Minsk and left the Civil Rights Defenders with a cheque for 75,000 kronor! The defenders may not speak fluent English, but we’re pretty sure they felt euphoria after Loreen’s visit.