The opposition is getting ready for the March of Outraged Belarusians 2.0 which is scheduled for October, 21.
It is to start at 14.00 in Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk.
Mikalai Statkevich, one of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress, informed Minsk authorities of his intention to hold a protest rally, but they are not expected to authorize the event. According to the organizers, the have not asked for permission as it is the Constitution that ensures right to peaceful protests.
Unlike previous rallies, this time the opposition will put focus on economic requirements. The recent death of 21-year-old conscript Alyaksandr Korzhych makes the participants protest against the outrage and lawlessness in the Belarusian army as well.
In the run up to the upcoming event, the authorities preventively arrested some politicians and activists.
On Saturday, Belsat TV will livestream the developments in Kastrychnitskaya Square.
In the spring of 2017, the notorious decree on ‘parasites’ caused a massive public outcry. In February-March, protests were held in a number of Belarusian cities and towns.
On March 25, Belarusians came to main squares of their cities to protest the ‘parasite’ law and celebrate the unofficial Freedom Day. But the Minsk riot police brutally dispersed the protest. Hundreds of people – even women, elderly people, journalists and ordinary passers-by – were arrested, battered and jailed.