Mass protest over disputed election “victory” of President Alexander Lukashenko, Minsk, Belarus, August 16, 2020 (Reuters)

Mass protests in Belarus are in their eighth month after the disputed election of President Alexander Lukashenko to a sixth term.

The marches for rights and reforms persist despite the crackdown by Lukashenko’s security forces, but will they bring political change?

World Unfiltered speaks with Kaciaryna Šmacina, Research Fellow at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies.

3:20: Why should we care about Belarus?

5:20: What is the significance not just of President Lukashenko but of an authoritarian system, 30 years after the break from the Soviet Union?

8:35: What are the concerns of people inside Belarus beyond Lukashenko?

12:50: What is the biggest difference between the protests in 2010 and in 2020?

18:51: Have the protests ebbed because of a passive “Let’s just all live and let live” attitude?

23:00: Is the latest crackdown a sign from the Lukashenko regime aof confidence that they have a handle on this? Or does it actually portray uncertainty?

25:00: Will Russia let these protests win?

31:10: Is there any leverage for the United States and the EU in this situation?

36:29: Are you hopeful?