Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and in other cities to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko.
This Saturday the Belarusians were invited to a women’s march where the flag used by the opposition, the official white and red flag from 1991 to 1995 and many participants with flowers were seen again.
The Belarusian government has stepped up its response to dissent despite international pressure following the controversial August 9 elections in which Lukashenko was re-elected. A new opposition demonstration is called for this Sunday.
This Saturday, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned that there will be new EU sanctions if Lukashenko does not react. Brussels is asking for a dialogue with the opposition and the repetition of the elections, Maas told the German newspaper “Bild”.