“Before that, the Maidans were on one fixed location,” Vladimir Skachko said. “They were carried out on one square in the city center, where tents were set up and barricades were built. Today, Maidan is scattered, drifting and creeping. Law enforcement agencies have to suppress it by organizing resistance points in different parts of the city.”
Protest actions in Belarus are pursuing the same goal as Maidan in Kiev. However, they differ from it in many ways, says Vladimir Skachko, a political scientist and reporter.
“Rallies in Belarus have the same main goal as the Ukrainian Maidan,” Skachko said on the air on the Rossiya 24 TV channel. “Namely, to stage a coup and demolish power with the help of an organized “colored” revolution. However, there are many differences.”
The main thing is that a new Maidan technology is being trial-tested in Belarus, said Skachko.
“Before that, the Maidans were staged on one fixed location,” Vladimir Skachko said. “They were carried out on one square in the city center, where tents were set up and barricades were built. Today, Maidan is scattered, drifting and creeping. The law enforcement agencies have to suppress it by organizing resistance points in different parts of the city.”
“There is one very significant difference,” said Skachko. “Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Alexander Lukashenko's main rival in the presidential election, was most likely chosen for the role of “a sacrificial lamb.” That is why she fled Belarus. Allegedly, she drew some conclusion after the Belarusian Committee for State Security warned her that she might be killed.”
“There are other differences,” Skachko said. “So far, no specially trained gunmen have been involved in Belarus. No ‘Georgian sniper specialists’ have been seen shooting at either side, sparking a conflict and driving it to a bloody confrontation. Another difference is Alexander Lukashenko’s determination to defend his power.”
Protest actions in Belarusian cities accompanied by clashes between protesters and riot police began on August 9 after the presidential election. According to official data, Lukashenko has won more than 80% of the vote at them. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took the second place with about 10% votes. On August 11, it became known that Tikhanovskaya had decided to leave Belorussia. Earlier, the Committee for State Security said that an attempt on Tikhanovskaya had been prepared but the security agencies had frustrated it.