The End of Lukashenkism? On the Knife's Edge in Belarus

The uprising against Alexander Lukashenko may not have a leader, but its goals are ambitious. After the first phase of shock and fear, the people are now showing pride and self-confidence. Will that go far enough?
By Christian Esch, Minsk
A demonstrator and a policeman in Minsk: It seems as though people have woken up from a long period of hibernation.

A demonstrator and a policeman in Minsk: It seems as though people have woken up from a long period of hibernation.

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A protest mounted by artists

A protest mounted by artists

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Police in front of the parliament building

Police in front of the parliament building

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Protest icon Maria Kolesnikova: "I'm proud of you. I love you."

Protest icon Maria Kolesnikova: "I'm proud of you. I love you."

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Pavel Latushko: "I'm probably being fired."

Pavel Latushko: "I'm probably being fired."

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Protesting workers in Minsk: The rebranding of an entire country.

Protesting workers in Minsk: The rebranding of an entire country.

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