August 17, 2020
As many as 100,000 people attend biggest protest in country’s history in defiant and euphoric mood
Looking out across the vast crowd, the protesters could not quite believe it. Was this really Belarus? How had their country changed so quickly?
A week ago in the same spot, riot police had used batons and rubber bullets to terrorise those protesting against Alexander Lukashenko’s rigged election victory. Yet despite thousands of arrests and the shocking violence meted out to so many of them, the mood in the country has turned from despair to resilience to euphoria as the week progressed.