Belarusians have taken the leap, now there is no going back.
The goon squads won’t be able to beat the entire population into submission. What is inspiring to me, as someone who has been there and has gotten to know people, is how their typical qualities of modesty, stoicism, lack of extravagance, and almost preternatural calm is translating into fearlessness and even peaceful heroism in the face of brutality. Well, of course they are afraid, but they are acting anyway, the definition of courage. The same traits that have seen them through 26 years of dictatorship are making them an implacable force to be reckoned with.
Praying they land on their feet. #BelarusSolidarity
[Update Nov 2023: The goon squads did in fact beat the entire population into submission. And the reign of terror continues, most recently with opposition activists, artists, and musicians joining the ranks of political prisoners and the disappeared.]