Events not coordinated with city authorities
Uncoordinated street protests against the country’s integration with Russia take place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. They are monitored by the Belarusian Service of Radio Liberty.
Several hundred people lined up in a human chain along Independence Avenue in the city center and along Oktyabrskaya Square. During the peak period, the number of participants reached 700 people, Tut.by reports with reference to the human rights center “Viasna”.
By 4 pm Moscow time, the protesters dispersed through the city center. Among the participants there are people with white-red-white flags, the former state flag of Belarus until 1995, now it is used by nationalists.
The police have not yet intervened in what is happening, but warned about the inconsistency of the actions.
- On December 7, Sochi hosts a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Belarus, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. They are supposed to discuss the deepening of integration of the two countries on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
- Now the state actually exists only on paper, but the 1999 agreements implied the creation of a common currency, court and customs.
- On December 5, speaking in front of the Belarusian parliament, President Lukashenko announced that Belarus would not be part of Russia. “I’m not a kid who has worked as president for 3-4-5 years. I had enough like this. And I do not want to cross out everything that I did together with you, the people: I created an independent sovereign state to put it in some box with a cross at the top and throw it away or transfer it somewhere. This will never happen with me, ”Lukashenka said.
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