On August 30, another nationwide march of «angry Belarusians» took place – a peaceful walkout, which was held for the fourth time in the capital of Belarus and in other cities of the country. This time, the march coincided with the birthday of the person illegally acting president of Belarus — Alexander Lukashenko.
The sixth presidential elections were held in Belarus on Sunday, 9 August 2020. The Belarusian people were deceived, as most of the votes cast for the opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got attributed to the current president, Alexander Lukashenko. The protests broke out in all Belarusian cities, towns and even villages, followed by violent clashes with police and government launching rounds of brutal repression.
The reason why these marches are unique:
These rallies have no leaders. The Belarusians who went out to the streets perfectly understand where to go and why. This spontaneity is a huge trump card. Because this is not a formed opposition, but just people.
March as a holiday. Thousands of Belarusians already understand this rally not as an action of resistance, but as a city holiday. Hence the smiles and fun – even on the back of special troops. The opportunity of just walking the streets of the city in the company of like-minded people is what these marches are now.
Rallying is fashionable. Absolutely everyone takes to the streets of Belarusian cities. You can see children and old people, hipsters and workers, top models and underground youth in the crowd. The protest has overtaken all segments of the population, and Belarus has never seen anything like this.
Memes. This rally creates a huge number of memes – people are creative in response to primitive state propaganda. It is not known how this confrontation will end, but it is already clear that exactly folk art won.
We can do it! The women’s part is surprisingly great and important this August. After the first three most terrible and bloody days, it was women who shouldered the burden of confrontation, allowing the men to catch their breath and making it impossible to forcefully disperse the protesters. Now, thanks to them, all marches are markedly peaceful.