20th day of protests: Belarusian women marching, singing Mighty God (photos)

On August 28, dozens of Belarusians gathered again in Independence Square in Minsk. In front of the Red Church, girls and women dressed in white formed a solidarity chain and performed the folk song Kupalinka.

However, paddy wagons and the police were not slow to appear. The officers urged the demonstrators to disperse, saying that the mass event was ‘unauthorised’. A bit later, OMON started to surround the peaceful protesters and detain men.

Solidarity chain in Independence Square. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / TASS / Forum
Solidarity chain in Independence Square. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: Sergei Bobylev / TASS / Forum
Solidarity chain in Independence Square. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / TASS / Forum

At about 8 pm, the riot police let a female column leave the square, and they marched along Independence Avenue. They were holding white-red-white symbols and singing Mighty God, a legendary hymn of the Belarusian nation.

Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu
Women marching along Independence Avenue. Minsk, 28 August 2020. Photo: ТК / belsat.eu

The women reached Yakub Kolas Square, and the rally ended.

According to Belsat viewers, residents of the so called bedroom suburbs (Malinauka, Novaya Baravaya, Serabranka) were also staging solidarity actions and protests on Friday evening.

Novaya Baravaya, Minsk. 28 August 2020. Photo: Belsat viewers
Novaya Baravaya, Minsk. 28 August 2020. Photo: Belsat viewers

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