Thursday 27 February 2020 | 08:12

Uladzimir Matskevich: Regions can become the main threat for the Belarusian system

25.03.2017  |  Society   |  Piotr Kuchta,  EuroBelarus
Uladzimir Matskevich: Regions can become the main threat for the Belarusian system Photo by "Euroradio"

There are still no clear instructions from the center while the wave of protest is rolling out from Minsk across the country.

 Residents of the regional centers are not intimidated yet and local judges have no experience of falsification.

So far the main problem of the authorities is the lack of economic opportunities for resumption of the social contract between the state and the citizens, Uladzimir Matskevich, philosopher and methodologist suggested in his interview with the "EuroBelarus" Information Service.

He stresses that under these unique for Belarus conditions no one can guarantee that protests will not resume, for example, in summer.

"Authorities can no longer ignore the February and March protests,"- believes the expert. - The state sees that people do not follow the invitation of opposition, but go out to protest because they just can't tolerate the situation anymore. The officials understand that these protests can not be suppressed and stopped by the old and purely forceful means."

So, according to the philosopher, the authorities have nothing else to do but take control of the protest moods. "Firstly, they are trying to separate the protesters from any possible political forces that could become their leader. To do this, the authorities are deploying a campaign to discredit the opposition, to intimidate people by court. At the same time we see the state make in fact meaningless statements, allegedly demonstrating a willingness to make concessions,"- explained Uladzimir Matskevich.

The peculiarity of the protest season 2017 is that the protest moods spread "to those groups of the citizens that made up the Lukashenka's electorate."

The wave of popular protests has also shown, as Uladzimir Matskevich believes, a serious failure of the long-established power vertical: "The high-ranked officials do not understand what is happening in real life. Lack of awareness is compensated by intelligence agencies and all sorts of squealing."

But, as Uladzimir Matskevich emphasizes, one of the basic principles of the Belarusian vertical has also been violated: "Vertical is built as an executive branch of power. If there are no orders, the lower structures get confused: they do not know how to interpret the information themselves. For example, regional authorities acted differently at all the rallies outside of Minsk."

In addition, "people in the regions are less intimidated". "They have had no protests at all for many years. And not only did the people take initiative in their own hands, but they started protests even in the regional centers,- underlined Uladzimir Matskevich. - Courts in Minsk function according to a long-established scheme. But there has been no such practice in the regions and it is still a mystery what strategy the judges will adopt there." "In our time, ordinary actions of people become a bright spot against this gloomy background. Take the two workers - a tiler and a welder - during the trial of journalist Dziyana Seradziuk they just stated: we do not agree with these falsified protocols drawn up without our presence. The simply human and sensible reaction of these hard workers is what we need in our time. And I think that Belarus will see many more such cases in the regions rather than in Minsk, "- concluded Uladzimir Matskevich.

Other news section «Society»

“It is our big joint work”
“It is our big joint work”
It is impossible to change life in cities just in three years (the timeline of the “Agenda 50” campaign implementation). But changing the structure of relationships in local communities is possible.
The “Agenda 50” campaign was finalised by the Regional Development Forum
The “Agenda 50” campaign was finalised by the Regional Development Forum
The Forum was devoted not so much to the outputs as to the challenges and prospects after the creation and signing of local agendas.
Mikhail Matskevich: How to create a local agenda and make it a problem solving tool
Mikhail Matskevich: How to create a local agenda and make it a problem solving tool
To achieve changes, you need to be interested in them and stop pinning all hopes on the state.
“If a person cannot leave the apartment, he or she does not need an accessible Opera House”
“If a person cannot leave the apartment, he or she does not need an accessible Opera House”
In Stoubcy, they talked about universal design and conducted pilot monitoring of two urban sites accessibility.
Local agenda in Valożyn: mission accomplished
Local agenda in Valożyn: mission accomplished
"Specificity is different, but the priority is general." In Valożyn, a local strategy for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was signed.
How Ščučyn was proceeding towards the solution of problems of people with disabilities
How Ščučyn was proceeding towards the solution of problems of people with disabilities
The campaign "Agenda 50" was summed up in Ščučyn, and a local action plan for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was signed there.
A program to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities was designed in Stolin
A program to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities was designed in Stolin
The regional center has become the second city in Belarus where the local plan for the implementation of the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was signed.
“Agenda 50” in Belarus: from strategies to implementation
“Agenda 50” in Belarus: from strategies to implementation
Representatives of the campaign “Agenda 50” from five pilot cities discussed achievements in creating local agendas for implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In Stoubcy, a local action plan for the implementation of the Convention was signed
In Stoubcy, a local action plan for the implementation of the Convention was signed
It is noteworthy that out of the five pilot cities, Stoubcy was the last to join the campaign “Agenda 50”, but the first one to complete the preparation of the local agenda.
The monitoring of accessibility was presented in Stolin
The monitoring of accessibility was presented in Stolin
On May 28, the city hosted a presentation of the results of the project "Equal to Equal" which was dedicated to monitoring the barrier-free environment in the city.
“They think if the legs don’t function, neither functions the head.”
“They think if the legs don’t function, neither functions the head.”
In Babruysk, wheelchair users are fighting discrimination.
The real work of the Convention depends on all interested communities and organizations
The real work of the Convention depends on all interested communities and organizations
What results has the campaign "Agenda 50" given, what helps to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the regions?
The Convention is a fight against fears, barriers and stigmata
The Convention is a fight against fears, barriers and stigmata
Experts in Valožyn have determined that the quality of people’s life depends on their awareness.
The Convention should become a "living tool”, rather than remaining just an ordinary document
The Convention should become a "living tool”, rather than remaining just an ordinary document
On March 3, members of the campaign "Agenda 50" from different Belarusian cities met in Minsk. The campaign is aimed at the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The main thing is one’s personal motivation for full active life (PHOTOS)
The main thing is one’s personal motivation for full active life (PHOTOS)
There are being implemented three projects under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities campaign in the city of Babruysk.
One man does not make a team, but united we are able to do a lot
One man does not make a team, but united we are able to do a lot
In Ščučyn, people with disabilities learned to be leaders and to advocate their interests.
Barrier-free environment – it is not a ramp, but a means of independence (PHOTOS)
Barrier-free environment – it is not a ramp, but a means of independence (PHOTOS)
In Stolin, social organizations and local authorities are implementing a project aimed at independent living of persons with disabilities, and creating local agenda for the district.
Polish experts: We say “equality” and you say “inclusion”
Polish experts: We say “equality” and you say “inclusion”
Will creation of local agendas be an effective tool in ensuring rights of persons with disabilities in Belarus, just as it was in Poland?
“It is impossible to talk about persons with disabilities separately from the rest of the country”
“It is impossible to talk about persons with disabilities separately from the rest of the country”
The understanding that all people have equal rights has been the basis for social changes, including those related to disability issues, in Poland.
Andrei Yahorau: Everything depends on people in the regions
Andrei Yahorau: Everything depends on people in the regions
A social project "Equal to Equal" has been launched in Stolin district under the campaign "Agenda 50".
Gintautas Mažeikis: The relation of political field and arena in the framework of information war

In his report, philosopher Gintautas Mažeikis discusses several concepts that have been a part of the European social and philosophical thought for quite a time.

“It is our big joint work”

It is impossible to change life in cities just in three years (the timeline of the “Agenda 50” campaign implementation). But changing the structure of relationships in local communities is possible.

Shhh! Belarus Wants You to Think It’s Turning Over a New Leaf

Minsk’s muddled media clampdown could jeopardize warming of relations with the West.

Mikhail Matskevich: How to create a local agenda and make it a problem solving tool

To achieve changes, you need to be interested in them and stop pinning all hopes on the state.