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Women Leading the Struggle for Democracy in Belarus

Updated: Nov 19, 2021 10/12/2020 Belarus police prefer to arrest men. Thousands of people have been arrested and hundreds - men and women - tortured during detention. This has now been going on for almost one month. The dictator of 26 years, Lukashenko, remains in power through outright election fraud, and the grace of Vladimir Putin in neighboring Russia. The repression and clamor for democracy have everything to do with the iron-fisted rule of Putin over Belarus, exercising great influence over this and in fact all states in that part of the world. Women appear to have come to the forefront in Belarus in large part to protect the men, who were generally and quickly beaten and hauled away to be tortured. The women form human chains and protect the men from the police, since the police have been somewhat reluctant to use the same force against women. (Something quite similar was seen in Beirut during the protests there almost one year ago).

As clearly demonstrated in the above image, however, police are finding themselves confronted by increasingly large and militant groups of women. Like the ´President´, Lukashenko, commonly referred to as ¨Europe´s last dictator¨ the police have very macho attitudes toward women. Woman are seen as fragile by the government forces. Now, however, that stereotype is very much being tested. A new center of power is emerging in Belarus and it is female.