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How many would come out with a high risk of arrest in the US or UK? How many in subfreezing temperatures? Not many, meaning these are huge protests by committed and brave people. This is the bravery of Thaddeus Kosciuszko who was born in Belarus and came to help the United States fight for its freedom from Britain.
Belarus has a population of 9.5 million, compared to 327 million in the US and 66.44 million in the UK. Furthermore, in Belarus there is a high chance of being arrested for protest, and the temperature subfreezing. If all things were equal a protest of 1,000 would be like 34,421 in the USA and 7000 in the UK. A protest of 100 would be like 3,441 in the USA and 700 in the UK. So, these are large protests. There were over 100 protestors at two different events. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/participant-in-rally-for-belarus-independence-whoever-wants-to-be-with-russia-let-them-go-theres-enough-space/
From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/a/minsk-sees-fifth-protest-over-relations-with-russia/30350461.html
“Minsk Sees Fifth Protest Over Closer Relations With Russia
December 29, 2019 20:45 GMT
Around 100 Belarusians protested in downtown Minsk on December 29 against the prospect of deeper relations with Russia, the fifth such demonstration in the past month.
The protesters held a noontime march from October Square to Independence Square and formed a human chain near the main post office.
Uniformed police were deployed but did not intervene against the demonstrators.
A previous demonstration in December saw multiple arrests.
The gathering, in subfreezing temperatures, appeared to attract slightly fewer participants than the previous demonstrations, one of which attracted upward of 1,000 people.
The unsanctioned rallies were prompted by a fresh round of talks early this month between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka that coincided with the 20th anniversary of a 1999 union treaty that was supposed to create a unified state.
The talks hit a snag that Lukashenka explained by saying he was merely seeking “equal terms” in mutual relations.
Minsk is heavily reliant on Moscow for cheap oil and billions in annual subsidies to prop up its Soviet-era economy.
Moscow has pressured Minsk to accelerate military and economic integration.
There have been signs that Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and its subsequent support for armed separatists in eastern Ukraine spooked Lukashenka and spurred his government to scale back its dependence on Russia.
Based on reporting by RFE/RL’s Belarus Service
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