That’s what was happening in the evening of August 11 in a Minsk neighborhood.
The crowd began to gather in a bedroom suburb of Uruchcha in Minsk at 7 pm. About 9 pm there were already about 500 people on the slope near the cemetery and on the steps of the Spectrum shopping center. People came with children, dogs and sang songs. Cars passed along the avenue nearby, honking, waving flags and white ribbons. Several times the troops in black uniforms dispersed the crowd, but people came back, lit flashlights and continued chanting “Go away,” “it’s time to change the rubber,” “Long Live Belarus,” and others.
Around 23rd, 3 MAZ buses arrived with riot policemen holding metal shields. They divided the crowd, some people were pushed to the Lazhynskaya Street, and started throwing flash grenades, firing rubber bullets at the car that was driving at them. People scattered around the courtyards, riot police did not move further than the crossroads of Lazhynskaya and Haradetskaya. Soldiers stood there for 20 minutes, made rattling noises with their shields, and then quickly moved back.
Unknown people in civilian clothes walked through the backyards of Lazhynskaya and Haradetskaya streets and checked the entrances to houses. Locals said that the same thing happened after the rally yesterday — police with flashlights were searching for people in the backyards.