Sometimes here in Belarus the election struggle turns into stupidity. Today two active groups organized two meetings at the same time in one place.
by Tanya Fedorenko
Rygor Kastusev was asking questions and brought people together, who was interested in his program and his persona. People were coming and leaving. It felt like somebody was ready to fight, while another seemed okay with life today. What is important is that all these people have their own opinion on situation.
The second group was organized by Public Organization “Belaya Rus”. Some activists unwrapped and handed out flags and wore white jackets and caps. Groups of young people were coming to the place. I heard one girl say: “We came to hang out for the beauty.” For these boys and girls the meeting was just on order of their teachers, to create a mass and show how popular the president is.
That’s why struggle can sometimes feel pointless.
Tanya Fedorenko is a Minsk-based photojournalist. She is a graduate of the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania where she specialized in the theory and practice of contemporary art.