During the protest action, the participants in a column moved along the central streets of the Belarusian capital towards the stele “Minsk – Hero City”. According to Tut.by, there are several thousand people in the convoy. The portal reports that unknown persons in helmets and balaclavas are blocking the central Independence Avenue.
Also, protest actions began in Vitebsk, Polotsk, Novopolotsk, Grodno.
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Radio Liberty – Belarus reports that people are being detained in Lida, and solitary arrests are also taking place in Grodno.
October 25 is the last day of the ultimatum that Tikhanovskaya presented to President Alexander Lukashenko. October 13 she demanded for the head of state to resign, stop street violence against protesters and release political prisoners. She threatened that if the demands are not met, “the whole country” will peacefully issue a popular ultimatum, and on October 26 a strike of enterprises will begin and “a collapse in sales in state stores. Roads will also be blocked, Tikhanovskaya said.
Before Sunday’s protest in the center of Minsk pulled off special and military equipment, as well as law enforcement officers. Barriers were set up in Victory Park in the city center.
Before the protest, the authorities again demanded to reduce the bandwidth of the mobile Internet, reported companies.
Protests in Belarus began on August 9, after the completion of voting in the presidential elections. According to official data, Lukashenka won them.
The country’s CEC reported that he received 80% of the vote. His opposition rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, according to official figures, was supported by 10%. Her headquarters believe that she won the victory. Many European countries did not recognize Lukashenko as president, and the past elections were legitimate. Russia recognizes the legality of Lukashenka as head of state.