Belarusians took to the streets this week to reclaim their dignity, writes Valzhyna Mort, assistant professor of English, in an op-ed in the New York Times. The government of Belarus, she says, has responded with brutal violence.
“The opposition leader, fearing for her safety and her family, has been forced to flee,” Mort writes in the piece. “Peaceful protests have been met with violence: Hundreds wounded, two dead. People have disappeared into detention, violently pulled off the streets. And every night around 6 p.m., before the most brutal police violence begins, the internet is shut down. Belarus is under attack from its own government.”