On September 2, a number of protest rallies took place in different corners of Minsk.
The students continued protesting at the building of Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU). Some of them were detained. The would-be linguists were ‘welcoming’ the police by chanting ‘Get lost!’.
On Wednesday afternoon, women and children held the picket ‘Day of Victory over fascism’ near Minsk Hero City and marched along Victors’ Avenue.
У Менску жанчыны прайшлі маршам па пр. Пераможцаў ❤️
— Белсат TV (@Belsat_TV) September 2, 2020
Belarusian youngsters also expressed solidarity with independent journalists and employees of IT company PandaDoc – their office was being searched by the Financial Investigations Department on the same day.
A human chain was formed at the Hi-Tech Park building, but siloviki dispersed its participants.
Later, solidarity rallies took place in numerous bedroom neighbourhoods (Malinauka, Sukharava, Shabany, Serabranka, Hrushauka, Zyalyony Luh, Loshytsa, Kamennaya Horka).
In the evening, Minskers gathered again in Independence Square near the Red Church. They were singing and dancing. A dozen pro-government demonstrators were brought to the square as a counterbalance; they were chanting slogans in support of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and trying to sing the national anthem. Fortunately, the situation did not flare into a conflict. When it got dark, the column of protesters started moving along Independence Avenue; there were targeted detentions during the march.
For over three weeks, post-election protests have been underway in the country; the major demands of Belarusians are Lukashenka’s resignation; holding a free and fair election; releasing political prisoners; putting an end to police violence; state-run TV stations’ providing people with unbiased and reliable information.