Despite the state status of the Belarusian language, its use in the country today can result in arrest.
According to the self-proclaimed president and friend of Putin, Oleksandr Lukashenka“the Belarusian language is a poor language”, therefore the state’s policy is aimed at its displacement.
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According to the 2019 census, only 61.2% of the population consider Belarusian to be their native language. The study of the national language in the school curriculum is limited. There are only a few Belarusian-speaking schools.
A person can even be arrested for speaking in his native language in Belarus.
Thus, on August 12, regional historian I. Khmara was detained for speaking in the Belarusian language on the street.
In June, Tiktoker “lexmas” was arrested, who records videos in Belarusian for 58,000 viewers.
“Last year, a pensioner was arrested for 15 days in Minsk, who was complained by neighbors that he “got everyone out with his Belarusian language”. At the same time, several pensioners were fined for reading Belarusian classics in an electric train carriage. One of the grandmothers was sentenced to 17 days,” it is said. in the message.
Because of this policy, many Belarusians use language to show their disagreement with Lukashenka’s actions, which is a relatively safe form of protest.