The collection “Protests Belarus 2017” contains 56 videos (mp4) on protests in February and March 2017 (mainly Minsk area) triggered by plans for a tax and labelling economically weak households as “social parasites”. We have downloaded all data in March to April 2018 and made screenshots (pdf) of websites so that the discussion and comments on the single video posts can be followed. All data is processed in an MS Excel database with metadata.
We collect all videos that are 1) event related AND show actions of this event, 2) downloadable, 3) we can find with our search words during a particular period. We strictly aim at a systematic and objective selection and organized storage of protest-related videos. We identify particular event-related search words after intense research on the event. According to the snowball principle, we then start the collection of videos with the help of these search words and try to download as much relevant content as possible. However, we cannot guarantee the completeness of protest videos on the particular event. We search the videos and include them into the collection until a particular degree of saturation has been reached. Due to copyright restrictions, we are only allowed to give access to the database of the collected video files including the hyperlinks with its metadata and not to the videos themselves.
The videos have been posted mainly by the participants of the events. Therefore, the material is only an extract and biased by the perspective of the single creator.
The collection is part of a larger and ongoing collection of videos on protest events in the post-Soviet region.