Loading...
RSS
Belarus-Russia relations Belarusian language Belarusian military travel to Belarus
Why Support Belarus Digest?

Two months of protests – Belarus Civil Society Digest

Two months of ongoing Belarusian protests demanding Lukashenka to step down continue with no sign of abating. For 8th Sunday in a row, as many as 100,000 people thronged the center of Minsk – police deployed water cannons and arrested some...

Two months of ongoing Belarusian protests demanding Lukashenka to step down continue with no sign of abating.

For 8th Sunday in a row, as many as 100,000 people thronged the center of Minsk – police deployed water cannons and arrested some 300 demonstrators. 16 journalists covering the protests were among those arrested.

Senior citizens organized their first march of protest. BY_Help/BYSOL provided almost $1.5mln to support the repressed. Health Ministry admits that the second wave of COVID-19 has started.

  • Coordination Council. The Council announces its campaign to involve Belarusians in Constitutional reform. Calling for international support, the opposition leader Sviatlana Tikhanouskaya met with German Chancellor and Slovak President, as well as with MFA Heads of Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia. The opposition sanctions list includes some 800 people responsible for the violence in the country.
  • Economy in recession. If the current government remains, the most optimistic scenario will be a prolonged decline of the economy, and then stagnation, economists believe. Gold and foreign exchange reserves decreased again – by $136 million in September. Nine Belarusian banks completely stopped lending, in other banks interest rates on loans reach up to 39%. Gazprom views Belarus as an unstable transit country due to the current political situation.
  • International reactionEU states recall their Ambassadors from Belarus. 32 Polish diplomats leave Belarus to meet the demand of the official Minsk. The EU Delegation Head stays in Minsk so that “communication channels remain.” The International Olympic Committee, IOC investigates into political interference in Belarus. Russia puts Tikhanouskaya on the wanted list.
  • COVID-19. Healthcare Ministry admits the second wave of COVID-19 in Belarus with over 400 daily new cases and advises Belarusians to limit the number of contacts by 75%. Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 82,000 Belarusians positively tested for and 885 died due to COVID-19.

 

Belarus Digest prepared this overview on the basis of materials provided by Pact. This digest attempts to give a richer picture of the recent political and civil society events in Belarus. It often goes beyond the hot stories already available in English-language media.

PDFPrint
244 reads