Let us recall the phrase of President Lukashenko on Thursday at a meeting on current issues of the country's development: "There will be no Maidan in Belarus! There are no prerequisites for this. But it is always necessary to pre-empt a particular problem." We will now talk not about Belarus but about pre-emption. Even in the most democratic countries, approaches to demonstrators are tough, because they create a threat to public order and confront with the police. The events of recent weeks and daily news confirm this again and again. Olga Petrashevskaya continues the topic.
This is how International Women's Day was held in Greece. Pure men's talk. More than a thousand farmers arrived in the center of Athens to express their dissatisfaction with another increase in taxes. But the crop harvested by farmers turned out to be harsh.
Such actions of police during protests in other countries is a normal thing. Police in some European countries, which are well aware of the price of public safety after a series of terrorist attacks, sometimes goes hard even on unarmed demonstrators.
Tactically, the trend remains the same - batons, water cannons and rubber bullets. But in some countries demonstrations are dispersed with a bit of fantasy. For example, they use gas but not usual tear gas. This is a novelty: gas with laxative effect. The crowd immediately goes home after such weapon.
Viktor Chudakov, senior lecturer in tactical and special training of the Police Academy of the Republic of Belarus:
Israel even uses agricultural aviation helicopters, which can drop some chemical substances over the crowd - yes, that is allowed. The USA is ahead of the rest in this regard. They created a microwave gun. That is, when you point it at the person, it produces a microwave oven effect inside the person and if starts to burn inside. There are lots of various weapons in the arsenal.
By the way, let us recall the United States. At first, public was outraged by the fact that Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, then by his election, and now by the decrees of the new head of the White House.
But politics today is not a mandatory "wick". Recently in Sweden, unrest broke out in the suburbs of Stockholm, when police tried to detain a wanted man. People threw stones at police and even started to loot shops. In response, the police opened fire.
After all, the police always tries to ensure the safety of peaceful citizens. After all, prolonged protests could lead to consequences that are not immediately seen behind the smoke from tires. Take, for example, the Maidan in Kyiv. Tents, then grenades and then shooting. It's been a few years, but Ukraine is still smoldering on all fronts.
Alexei Dermont, political scientist:
Maidan was the trigger that started the escalation of violence and a kind of point of no return. The budget has less money, with pensions and payments reducing. Regular demonstrations, smashing of banks and some institutions, media. When the situation develops according to this scenario further, this may entail the resumption of war, and the worst thing: there are forces in Ukraine who are interested in it.
But there are countries where to organize riots and cause significant losses to fellow citizens has become a tradition. Regardless of elections or amendments to, say, the law on environmental protection. There is now a sad tradition in France to set fire to cars on the New Year's Eve.
Here are demonstrations against the presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in France. And again we see broken windows, violence and tear gas. And, as usual, victims are on both sides. One believes that it only express its opinion. The other has to defend others from such expression of opinions. The position of third side is unlikely to interest someone in this situation.