opponents of President Lukashenko change tactics

Published on : 29/11/2020 – 21:49

In Belarus, as they have been doing since August 9 and the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, his opponents again took to the streets of Minsk this Sunday, November 29. But this time, the demonstration took on a new form.

Opponents of Alexander Lukashenko called their new action against the power in place “the neighbors’ march”. No less than 25 rallies were recorded this Sunday in different districts of Minsk. Each brought together several hundred or thousands of demonstrators, still mobilized despite the cold and the snow.

The leading figure of the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, exiled in Lithuania, had called on her fellow citizens to go out in the streets of their neighborhood to join their neighbors. The purpose of these small gatherings: to get around the obstacles set up by the police. To prevent the traditional grand Sunday parade, the police had indeed cordoned off Minsk city center and closed several metro stations.

According to the human rights group Viasna, quoted by Reuters, around 360 people were arrested on Sunday in Minsk.

Belarusians have been protesting since August 9 and the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. They demand his departure, the organization of a new ballot and the release of political prisoners. The demonstrations have never stopped even if they bring together fewer people than at the beginning. And so far the regime has made no concessions.

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