Tsigankov: How can the fact of the hunger strikes taking place now in Belarus? Can this step of individuals lead to any concrete consequences? Is it enough to have attracted the attention of the public to this rank?
Mackiewicz: Hunger strike — this is one of the most extreme methods of resistance, more stringent action can only be self-immolation, or something like that — with the exception of actions directed at other people (terrorist attacks and so on). Therefore, the hunger strike — this is a very extreme way to express their position. The fact that it is led by several people, shows desperation on vycharpanasts other, more peaceful means.
Attention to it until attracted enough. Civil society and the political opposition so far to solve their problems, they can not agree among themselves, what can you do to free political prisoners. Against this backdrop, some people go to such an extreme step, as the hunger strike.
Tsigankov: But as far as this step corresponds to the current situation? And what should be done to the public attention to this rite was more?
Mackiewicz: The hunger strike is the fruit only when it attracted the attention of the public and if the public is to her right. Only the support of all the structures, the media, individuals can lead to a positive result. Unfortunately, to date, the Belarusian community right answer to these acts of desperation are not observed. It is necessary that journalists used to come to these people. They do not always have the political experience to properly form their demands, position. But journalists could help by asking these people, why they have taken this step. Unfortunately solidarity on the part of the media is not observed.
Tsigankov: Belarusian history in recent years knows some examples of successful strikes. Sometimes there is an example of Alexander Kozulin, who won the consideration of his question to the UN. Can we say that in today's situation hunger strike — not necessarily futile exercise?
MackiewiczI would rather remember their experience hunger strike with the church "New Life", where technology is correctly made the appropriate step, and so there was a definite success. It is therefore very important that everything has been thought about these things — the corresponding PR, support structures and so on.
Yes, there are positive examples of hunger strikes in Belarus, but more and negative examples, which spoiled the public's attitude toward the protest.