Denim Revolution Update
The biggest news of the moment is that police are blocking people from entering Oktyabyrskaya Square in Minsk. According to Charter 97, they are making sure that noibody can bring hot drinks and warm clothes to the protesters. It has also been reported that the two sons of Alexander Minlkinkevich were briefly detained by authorities as they were on their way to the square.
The world media is continuing its deplorable lack of coverage. However the Associated Press has written one story, and it is interesting to compare it to the accounts given by Charter 97.
According to the AP: There are only 5,000 portesters, they are all tired, people are leaving, and there is no appetite for any kind of confrontation with the police. Generally, it is portrayed as a quiet vigil by people who know they have been defeated.
According to Charter 97: The protesters number in the "Dozens of Thaousands", the protest is GAINING intesity, and some of Belarus' most populat rock groups have been performing throughout the night.
Personally, I am more inclined to beleive Charter 97 when it comes to the attitude of the protesters. Their accounts contain far more detailed descriptions of events (and I doubt that they are lying about the rock groups). As for the number of protesters, either side could be right - I doubt that anyone has taken a head count. Either way, a crowd of several thousand angry protesters is a force to be reckoned with.
As I see it, the Denim Revolution not even close to being over with.
Tags: Belarus, Milinkevich, Revolutions, Democracy, Denim Revolution, KGB, Lukashenko, Kozulin