‘Why was Roma murdered?’ Minsk seniors holding Mourning March

On November 16, the March of Pensioners is taking place in downtown Minsk. Over the past months, the event has become a tradition.

However, today it got the name ‘Mourning March’, as the participants decided to pay the tribute to Raman Bandarenka and other victims of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime.

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Despite the fact that nearly 1,300 persons were detained during Sunday’s March of Brave People in Belarusian cities and towns, the elderly people gathered in the vicinity of Independence Square and started marching along the main avenue of the city. Students and health workers were joining them on the way.

Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
‘Pensioners against violence and ies’. Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
‘Citizen Lukashenka, Raman Bandarenka’s death is on your conscience!’ Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
‘Youth, we stand with you!’ Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Police vehicles on Independence Avenue. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

When they were walking past Kastrychnitskaya Square, they chanted: ‘Why was Roma murdered?’ and ‘Put Lukashenka on trial!’ The column was followed by police vans and buses.

Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
‘Only lukashism is worse than fascism.’ Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
‘You are not humans, you are inhumans!’ Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

Reaching the circus building, they addressed Lukashenka: ‘Get lost and take your OMON along!’

Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

‘Long live Belarus’:

At about 4 pm (local time), the protesters were singing Destroy Prison Walls in Yakub Kolas Square. Volunteers treated anyone wishing to tea.

Singing in Yakub Kolas Square. Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Protesters at monument to prominent Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas. Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu
Protesters leave flowers and posters. Pensioners’ March in Minsk. 16 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

The march ended in Yakub Kolas Square; by the moment of publishing, no detentions of its participants have been reported.

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