My comment on the article Hackers identify Belarus’s masked security police to pressure President Lukashenko by Marc Bennetts in The Times, 21 September 2020.
Communist dictatorship controls all spheres of life. Private life is eliminated. You cannot trust anyone. There is no social capital.
What we are seeing is an attempt to make a transition into the next stage, which is fake democracy, equally well controlled but with democratic decorations on the outside. This slow motion spectacle in Belarus is served to engage the West. In other words, it is a provocation. For provocation to work the targeted side must engage. If it does, the provoking side can execute further steps, adjusting their actions as needed on a day-by-day basis.
Western media avoid serving any background information, reporting instead on the pure mechanics of demonstrations. Occasionally, only occasionally, there is a quantum of interesting information, like the participation of a former minister of culture in an ‘opposition’ committee. This is the regime actually telling you in capital letters: guys, this is FAKE!
These are very old tricks. They have been played many times before.
I have been a first-year chemistry student in Poland in 1981 and participated in occupation of university buildings at the Copernicus University in Toruń during one of many protests. This was an empty spectacle, as I gradually learned later. The Solidarity movement was fake and totally controlled by the Communist regime. It was organised by them. In fact, standard Communist methods are in use in Poland today.
It is quite easy to be duped when information is very limited. Usually, people believe that mass demonstrations are authentic. They believe in a static dictatorship and cannot comprehend that the regime could be much more innovative and creative.