Belarusians continue coming out to the streets.
The Outraged Belarusians’ March 2.0 took place today, on October 21. The action started at 2 p.m. in the Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk. The organizer of the action — the Belarusian National Congress — called on Belarusians to express their protest against new extortions, raising of prices and utilities tariffs, to achieve abolishment of the scandalous “social parasites” decree, and to stand against the arbitrariness in the army.
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15:03 Leanid Kulakou has informed to the Charter97.org that movie director Volha Nikalaichyk and the “European Belarus” activist Artsiom Charniak were detained after the March.
14:52 A man says he came to the March from Kobryn. “I came here for myself, for my two children. I want them to live in a normal, free Belarus. The current Belarusian system should be changed,” — the Kobryn dweller said.
14:47 Mikalai Statkevich thanked the participants of the March. “We will make this criminal government leave! We will continue our protest. The main protest action will take place on March 25, 2018 in the Yakub Kolas Square, on the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People’s Republic,” — Mikalai Statkevich said.
14:41 The column reached the Independence Square. The people are standing there regardless of the heavy rain, chanting “Lukashenka, leave!”
14:38 The journalists asked participant of the March, movie director Volha Nikalaichyk, where she took strength for fighting. The director replied: “God gives the strength. A kolkhoz man has been torturing talented, kind, hard-working Belarusian people. We are no slaves!”
14:33 The column stopped near the building Ministry of the Interior, which used to be the office of the NKVD BSSR. Viachaslau Siuchyk offered to honour the victims of communism with a minute of silence. After the minute of silence, the people started chanting “Long Live Belarus!”
14:28 The “European Belarus” activist Leanid Kulakou came to the action despite the leg injury which he had got during his last detention in the Akrestsin Street detention center. “I must be here with my people. I couldn’t help coming to the action,” — he said.
14:26 A woman in the column is holding a hand-written poster “Belarusian army is a murderer!”
14:25 A young Minsker, who is holding a political prisoner’s portrait in his hands, says that he made up his mind to come out to the Square to support these people. “I hope I will be supported as well, if jailed,” — he adds.
14:24 The participants of the March are chanting “Down with #3 Decree, Lukashenka, you must leave!”
14:22 “There’s protest in the nation, there’s discontent as well,” — Radio Liberty’s journalist Valer Kalinouski says in his report.
14:21 The number of people in the column reached several hundred.
14:20 The column proceeded to the Independence Avenue. The people are chanting “Long Live Belarus!”
14:19 Mikalai Statkevich urged the people to go to the Independence Square.
14:15 A drone is flying over the participants of the action, filming what is happening.
14:12 The participants of the action unfolded the streamer “Lakasescu, you’re a freak! Stop robbing our people!” The people are holding the portraits of political prisoners.
14:10 Leader fo the “Razam” movement Viachaslau Siuchyk is speaking. It’s not a kingpin, who should rule in Belarus, but the law, he says. The politician demanded to abolish Lukashenka’s criminal decrees, return independent courts, freedom of speech and free elections.
14:08 Mikalai Statkevich is speaking. It’s very important that people should come out and protest. If we did not protest, he says, we would find ourselves in some concetration camp long ago.
14:06 There are several hundred people in the Square already.
14:03 Activist Alena Lutskovich came to the March from the Homel region. “I am terrified by what happened in Pechy. It’s needed to change the government to stop the deaths of our soldiers. Lukashenka is throwing dust into the people’s eyes, trying to beat down the wave of the popular rage.”
14:02 A youngster with a white-red-white flag on his shoulders came to Minsk from Luninets. “Why do our mothers give birth to children – to see them killed in the army? If it wasn’t for the opposition, this issue would have never been raised, everything would have been hushed down, as always. And now, if something like this ever happens again, we will take half of the country to the streets!” — he said.
13:59 Sound equipment has been installed in the Square, the BRUTTO band is playing.
13:57 Activists Volha Nikalaichyk and Natallia Papkova came to the Square with the plastic bottles, filled with coins. “Where’s our $500?”, the activists asked, rattling the bottles.
13:55 The Outraged Belarusians’ March has already helped in the struggle against the arbitrariness in the army. It was enough to declare that the issue of Aliaksandr Korzhych’s death in the army would be raised during the action, to make the authorities react and deal with this case, Mikalai Statkevich says. However, only the change of regime in the country will help to overcome the lawlessness.
13:50 We need to overcome own fear and start fighting, Mikalai Statkevich says. The people of Belarus are waiting for someone to come out to the Square first. It’s important that there should be the ones who will hoist the flag and show the society the way to the changes. The BNC leader is convinced that there is no other way to change something but the street actions.
13:40 Leader of the Belarusian National Congress Mikalai Statkevich has arrvied to the Kastrychnitskaya Square.