Belarusian authorities are loyal to opposition activity in national-cultural sphere as long as it excludes protest activity

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September 26, 2016 10:41
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Last week, the opposition was collecting signatures in the Independence Square in Minsk to recognise the white-red-white flag as a historical and cultural value. The authorities seem ready to allow the opposition activity in the national and cultural spheres, so as amid falling incomes and rising unemployment the population shows interest in it. The security forces have set informal rules for opposition activists in organising unauthorized activities. Often they do not detain or prosecute organisers, unless they are too active or their activity involves the top leadership of the state. Should the opposition organise protest actions to promote socio-economic issues, the authorities are likely to take action that is more drastic.

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