15th day of post-election protests: New Belarus March in Minsk (photo story)
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Today, on the 15th day of protests, Minskers are taking to the streets again: New Belarus March started at 14:00 (local time). Peaceful rallies are also being held in other Belarusian cities and towns.
By various estimates, 70,000 – 100,000 persons gathered at the Independence Square in Minsk (where the House of Government is located) at about 15:00. Later, the number of participants was reportedly doubled. Their demands are the same: releasing all political prisoners and detained protesters; Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s resignation and holding new elections; giving reliable and unbiased information on state-run media outlets.
A day earlier, the first and still the only president of Belarus spoke about pressure on officials and the military, and called the media ‘part of a hybrid war’ against Belarus.
“I’ve just told them: you have Saturday and Sunday to think. Let them not be offended starting from Monday. Authorities must be authorities,” Lukashenka said when delivering a speech in Hrodna.
However, in the other part of his speech, he hinted that the repression would start this weekend.