It’s hard to believe that people need to be hidden. Janka Belarus tells of life in Minsk in stormy times. Episode 36.
On Sunday, during a peaceful protest march in Minsk, demonstrators were arrested again. This time there were more than 1000 people. One of the places where clashes occurred was the “Place of Change”. People had come there with candles and flowers to commemorate Roman Bondarenkos – a resident of the court who was killed by security forces on November 12th.
In the evening members of the OMON special unit showed up and the events were reminiscent of films about the Second World War. The security forces had appeared in large numbers, they were armed and ready to attack the people who were only carrying flowers and their mourning. The whole district was cordoned off with technical equipment. The residents opened the entrances to their houses and hid people in back buildings and their apartments.
Simply going for a walk with the dog, going to a shop or anywhere else without showing a passport is no longer allowed. That is why many Minsk people have decided that their guests will stay overnight. All you have to do is turn off the light and activate flight mode on the cell phones so that there is no intense signal that calls the cell phone operator into action. More than 100 people stayed at the “Place of Change” until Monday morning at 10 a.m. Only then was it possible to go home.
Another amazing story happened in another part of the city with the girl Tatjana: “If someone had told me in the morning that something like this was possible, I would not have believed it. To be honest, it was the most unusual day of protest for us today. First we went to the Pushkinskaya subway station. Then everything was the same – they ran after us. And suddenly, like an angel, a girl waved to us from an open doorway. To be honest, we didn’t think about it for long and happily walked there. And not just us. The last one could just close the door, which was already hit by batons.
The diary entries in Russian can be found here.
And what was in the apartment? A wedding! There were a lot of people there. At first we sat very quietly on the floor and modestly declined when we were offered something. But then we lost our nerve a bit. In short, this is a wedding that we will tell our grandchildren about. How 15 people who happened to meet together hid and sincerely wished the newlyweds all the best. The two were very kind and happy! How much one would like to wish them good luck. And U.S. So that your family grows up in a new Belarus. People, so that you can be together for many years to come. Today you and your loved ones were the most incredible people of the day for us! “
From the Russian Barbara Oertel