The Symphonic Juncture

A [Symphonist]: "The one who is not afraid to raise the primal force."

- Boris Asafiev (1917)

Belarusian Protest, planned in Detroit, MI.


This was written October 8th, 2020 and thus, all dates and epoch-related commentary is centered around the aforementioned temporal indication.


The war against totalitarianism wages on in the hearts of Belarusian and International citizens everywhere, despite shameful acts of perturbation by spellbound Belarusian citizens and heads of State Putin and Xi Jinping, who have shown public support for 26-year dictator Alexander Lukashenko, the same leader who had said, “Yes, I have been in power for maybe a little too long” in a recent interview with Russian State media. Protests in Belarus are now entering their ninth consecutive week of mayhem and carnage, October 4th the ‘March For Liberation" occurred, which was followed by the ‘"God Almighty’ protests in front of St. Helen Church in Minsk. This was then followed by Belarusian counter-governmental leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s meeting with Angela Merkel on October 6th, followed by the "We are walking” women’s protest on October 7th. Where does this leave Belarus? In a state of suspended animation, as a monumental Journalistic purge recently occurred in Belarus by The Belarusian Foreign Ministry, revoking all Journalistic licenses for foreign-bodies, any content deemed ‘anti-governmental’ is now strictly forbidden from being created and disseminated within Belarus. This is reminiscent of Stalin’s 1936 USSR Constitution Article 125 which bestowed press freedom, although contingent on ideological submission and wholly subject to revokement at any time. If this wasn’t enough, on October 2nd the EU had implemented sanctions, conveniently not on Alexander Lukashenko due to their hopes that this would encourage the dictator towards inclusive dialogue on Belarus.” The fact that they thought this would work proves that the EU’s ability to correctly handle the strengthening hand of dogmatism running amuck in Eastern Europe is degrading and structurally collapsing. It is reported that only hours later, Lukashenko issued his own set of sanctions on various EU officials, resulting in Tikhanovskaya’s plea to the EU to “be more brave.”

Violent clashes between Belarusian citizens and their government are nothing new, as protests broke out prior in both 2011 and 2017, the former lasting only one day and taking on a peaceful demeanor, although leading to 400 purported arrests. The latter, however, lasted 4 months and took on a much more serious deportment, fueled by the continual economic dissatisfaction in Belarus conveyed due to a tax of $250 levied against the unemployed, defined as those who have worked ‘less than 183 days per year.’ According to collected sources, the construction of the 2017 p