Belarus saw the largest protest in its history as citizens congregated in Minsk over the weekend. Some have estimated as many as 200,000 people took part in the demonstrations. Most were expressing displeasure about how the recent election was handled and calling for the resignation of sitting president Alexander Lukashenko. Read more here.
Joel Griffith of Slavic Gospel Association says, “This last election that came through [and] how it was handled brought people out into the streets. Their economic challenges and the impact of the pandemic sort of had a domino effect. And that’s brought people out into the streets as has not been the case in previous situations that have arisen.”
As the political and social unrest grows, Griffith points to a shift in demographics in the country. “You have an entire younger generation that has come up within Belarus that maybe are a lot more media savvy. They have more access to the internet and the outside world. Some of them have traveled to other locations and have come back in. I think all that might be adding to some of this.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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