On August 30, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the first and still the only president of Belarus, turns 66; his youngest son Mikalai will celebrate his 16th birthday tomorrow. Still, Belarusians are set to protest against vote rigging, police violence and pro-regime propaganda on state TV. Minskers are taking to the streets again to be part of today’s Peace and Independence March which started at 2 pm (local time).
On Saturday, 29 protesters were detained throughout the country, the Belarusian Interior Ministry reports. Notably, the police have never laid a finger on participants in rallies in support of the incumbent leader. In the early hours, Independence Square, a popular protest spot where the House of Government is located, was closed off. Continue