This protest is the first of its kind since Lukashenko’s Svetlana Tihavonskaya ultimatum on Tuesday. The opposition has asked the president to step down by October 25, threatening to call a general strike.
Another Sunday march in Minsk. This time people are heading towards the industrial southeastern part of the city to express solidarity with the workers.
– NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 18, 2020
Unlike last week’s demonstrations, protesters marched on Sunday not in the center of Minsk, but on an artery in the south of the Belarusian capital, where several factories are located. They chanted “Strike!”, As well as anti-Lukashenko and anti-police slogans.
#Belarus Day 71. This video shows the scale of the protest in #Minsk. People changed the route today. Internet was shutdown, hundreds of people have been detained across the country. Security forces deployed stun grenades/firecrackers and shot with rubber bullets. pic.twitter.com/aADWHE1nqf
— Hanna Liubakova (@HannaLiubakova) October 18, 2020