Several dozen supporters of the Belarusian opposition marched in the center of Minsk along Independence Avenue to demand the resignation of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. Initially they displayed symbols and chanted slogans, then they displayed the opposition flags with white and red, flowers and umbrellas always white and red. On a sign was written: “Mom I’ll call you back, I’m busy with the girls who overthrow the dictator.”No officer intervened during the demonstration but some traffic police vehicles followed the march from a distance.
In another demonstration, however, hundreds of students marched through the streets of the capital shouting “Go away”. The march was stopped by the police who arrested some dissidents and forced others to disperse. The Viasna Human Rights Center reported that more than 30 protesters were arrested.
The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, currently in self-exile in Lithuania, hailed the protesters as a “great and brilliant force”.