On 12 August, about 250 women wearing white marched to Komarovka market in Minsk to protest against police brutality and lay flowers for peaceful protesters that have been killed or injuried by police recently.
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“Stop beating us! We just want our votes to be counted correctly”, the women said. “We came with opened arms, without weapons. Just like other peaceful protesters. Violence only comes from one side”.
The women shared flowers and silently stood in a long chain. Some of them screamed: “We believe, we can, we will win!” Among them are freelancers, IT specialists, designers, journalists, retirees, teachers.
Passers-by brought them water, tea and flowers to women, some of them joined the chain. Soon riot police came to the site asking women to disperse.
The protesters started going away with their hands behind heads, but then stopped and continued standing. Drivers passing by were honking in support, pedestrians clapped their hands and screamed to police officers “Stop the violence! Policemen are killers!”.
Similar solidarity actions took place in Uruchcha microdistrict of Minsk, Kamennaya Gorka and Pushkinskaya metro station (where one person died during the protests), TsUM, Riga shopping center and other locations.
Over 400 women gathered in Grodno, several men kneeled down, one of them was holding a photo of five-year-old girl who was injured as a result of a raid by security forces on a car of her parents.
About 500 women reportedly gathered in Gomel the column there was headed by a woman and two children carrying an icon. Human chains were also reported in Lida, Zhodino, Baranovichi, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Brest, Bobruisk, and other Belarusian cities. Several women were detained, some of them were briefly released.
At about 6 pm, people formed a ring of solidarity at Victory Square in Minsk bur later dispersed to avoid a possible confrontation with the security forces, Sputnik reports.