Belarusians have many opportunities to change the situation.
Today in Minsk, the protests against the so-called “integration” of Belarus and Russia have been taking place for the second day in a row.
The young businessman told why he has come to the Square for the second day:
“I’m Aliaksei, an entrepreneur, I came to support the independence of Belarus. It must be indestructible and unshakable, this is the only opportunity for us to become a democratic European country.
Today we have an authoritarian regime in Belarus, as in Russia. However, Belarusians have more opportunities to change the situation. We do not want to get into the Russian “swamp”. I myself have lived for 7 years in Moscow, and I know that we are different people with Russians, we have a cultural contrast between us. I came here to ensure that we remain Belarus, we must choose our own power and, ideally, join the European Union.
Dozens of thousands of people are needed to show that all this is important to us. I know that in fact hundreds of thousands think so - but they need to take to the streets. I think that our protests made a difference, given that nothing was signed in Sochi yesterday.
And I'm ready to come out again and again. We are ready to stand here for days, for months - it is important for us now to defend our independence.”