Belarus Opposition to Restart Protests as Crackdown Widens with jounalis being arrested.Dozen of activist and journlist arrested anti governments protest.
Belarusian photo reporter Nadzeya Buzhan. She was arrested today for doing her job. She is brave, intelligent, and highly talented. She is always on the frontline. Let’s support her by sharing her photos of Belarus protests put authentic pieces of art.
Two excellent journalists and friends were arrested in Minsk today Katsiaryna Karpitskaya and Nadzeya Buzhan. They were covering the Freedom Day protests
Opposition activists in Belarus were preparing for fresh protests on Thursday to breathe life into a movement against President Alexander Lukashenko that fizzled out in the face of a severe crackdown.
The authorities were moving military vehicles into the center of the capital Minsk in preparation, according to videos circulating on social media and published by local media.
Rallies erupted in the ex-Soviet country last August after President Lukashenko claimed a sixth term in a vote the opposition and Western diplomats said was rigged.
But a sustained police crackdown saw weekly mass demonstrations in city centres peter out by the end of the year, with thousands of protesters detained and several killed.
The opposition has since changed tactics, calling for supporters to gather in small groups in every district.
The Nexta Telegram channel, which has mobilised and coordinated demonstrations, urged protesters to march through courtyards and organise flash mobs on Thursday.
It called on drivers across the country to sound their horns at 6:30 p.m. (15:30 GMT) and for a nationwide firework salute to end the day at 9:00 p.m.
“We want to declare March 25 the day when the cities are ours!” Nexta wrote.
The resumption of the protests coincides with Freedom Day in Belarus, which the opposition marks each year on the anniversary of the country’s declaration of independence in 1918.