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'Damsels in distress' brought out chivalry in Belarusian men (Photo: Daria Buryakina for tut.by)

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How a women's revolution is testing Belarus dictator

'Damsels in distress' brought out chivalry in Belarusian men (Photo: Daria Buryakina for tut.by)

The largest mass protests in Belarus' history, unfolding right now, could be called a women's revolution.

Events, which have jeopardised dictator-president Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year rule, are being driven by three women, including presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Female demonstrators played a crucial role in street protests.

And women with flowers helped pause police brutality.

The protests were triggered by a rigged election on 9 August, in which L...

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Oleg Sukhov is a reporter at The Kyiv Post, an English-language newspaper in Ukraine.

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