On December 10, International Human Rights Day, the initiative March, Baby (Маршыруй, дзетка!) held an extraordinary rally in the centre of Minsk. Their goal was raising public awareness of the domestic abuse issue in Belarus.
They brought a few dozen pairs of orange shoes to the on Yakub Kolas Square.
A note telling a domestic violence victim’s story was attached to each pair: “I was killed by my husband after years of battering and threats”, “I died after my ex-boyfriend hammered me 12 times” and others.
Soon after the event, Belsat TV cameraman Alyaksandr Zyankou, who was filming was detained.
“The participants left, I was packing my equipment. Two traffic policemen (one of them was plainclothed) approached and strongly recommended me to go to Savetski district police department with them,” Zyankou said.
A few hours later, he was released. No protocol was drawn upon the man; Zyankou was only asked to show the photos and video he had made.