Disunited opposition start to prepare for presidential campaign
Despite statements made by certain oppositional leaders on nominating a ‘single oppositional candidate for presidency’, some oppositional organisations have already started their preparations for the election campaign.
At the same time, a number of oppositional leaders have voiced their presidential ambitions but most have chosen to keep a low profile and are yet to decide whether to participate in the election campaign while they attempt to accumulate resources for nomination during the time left. Most likely, the number of nominees will be defined by the availability of human and financial resources.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.