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“…looks like we have another Maidan in progress, and another invasion to follow. What a mess.”
Addition, last second headlines:
- BELARUS: BIGGEST CRACKDOWN IN YEARS AS DOZENS DETAINED AT PEACEFUL PROTESTS
- Court Fines RFE/RL Reporter Who Was Covering Belarus Protest
Looking at the mainstream media, all mostly appears calm in Belarus.
In the few hours since the previous Belarus mailout we have multiple postings on new protests in the regional and mostly Eastern cities of Bobruisk, Orsha, Hrodna and Rahachou (refer map).
A report that riot police vehicles in Orsha are decorated with stickers of a Russian OMON SWAT unit.
This is following the Maidan pattern of late 2013.
Will Russian SOF infiltrate Belarus to shoot protestors dead in the streets as they did in Ukraine early 2014?
During WW2 Belarus was a hotbed of local partisan activity against the German occupation force – this is a tough, resilient and cohesive community, who bitterly fought the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, forcing the commitment of more German occupation troops than any other part of the USSR the Germans held. The more brutally the Germans retaliated, the more Belarusians joined the fight.
Russia might not get what it wants out of the Belarusians.
The Belarusians are outraged about the fact that the riot police officers from Vorsha decorate their cars with the Russian flags. The public who watched the detention of the TV-channel’s journalists, as well as the detention of Radio Liberty reporter Halina Abakunchyk, who were taken to the cars of the riot police officers, pointed out that the police vehicles were thoroughly decorated with the Russian symbols. The people started calling the police dispatch center of the town of Vorsha asking what was happening: why do the riot policemen use the Russian symbols? The police refused to explain or react to that.
Belarusians have come up with an original idea in the social networks.
Lukashenka’s former electorate comes out to the protest actions which cover the whole Belarus now.
The participants of the action in Babruisk demanded to free the detained opposition activists.
People in the regions of Belarus continue to take rallies.
The protesters demand open elections.
Over 1000 people came out to the protest actions in Babruisk.
The decree is a trifle, it is necessary to radically change the power.
A March against the decree on “social parasites” was held in Babruisk on March 12.
A Rahachyou dweller explained what forced her to go to the March.– I took to the streets today because I am sick and tired of this regime. I am sick and tired of this president, of his complete idiocy. I am sick and tired of the mediocre government that keeps the power. I am sick and tired of the unemployment, I am sick and tired of the poverty. They have stolen our future and the future of our children. It is scary and insulting to live in such a country, so today I am here. Long live Belarus!
People took the central square of the city.
How the protest in Orsha was held.
On March 10, Maladzechna impressed with the number and self-determination of the protesters.
Activists called for assessing the situation in the country and get the information across to EU colleagues.
Hundreds of people went to the center of Rahachyou to protest against the decree on “parasites”.
About five hundred people took to the center of Rahachou in protest against the decree “on parasites.”
Homel activist arrived to support the protesters in Rahachou.- I came to Rahachou to support the people. The people all over Belarus are in rage. They are outraged not only about the “social parasites” decree, but about Lukashenka personally in the first place. I totally agree with these people, I can’t stay at home sitting on my cozy sofa, I must be amidst the free people of Rahachou. We will make Lukashenka retire, whether he likes it or not. If he loves Belarus, if he loves the Belarusian people as he declares, he must face the people, like Yeltsin did, get down to his knees and say: “I am tired, I am leaving”. He could head the Belarusian ice hockey team so that we would become known all over the world, with his head up high. He seems a good ice hockey player, he lost no games, let him handle this. This is what I came here to fight for,” – Niapomniashchykh says, sarcastically.
The people driven to despair are flooding the streets.
The blogger came from Homel to support a protest action in Pinsk.
A new wave of anti-government protests took place in Belarusian cities.
In the morning, the monument to the Russian city policeman was discovered looking out of the ordinary.