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.
Каля Чырвонага касцёлу жанчыны спяваюць «Купалінку».
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.
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.
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.