Opposition in Belarusian regions is interested to participate in Statkevich’s Congress
Former political prisoner and former presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich, together with representatives of the organizing committee of the Congress of Democratic Forces, which was scheduled for May 14th and 15th, is visiting Belarusian cities in order to discuss the Congress organisation with political activists and others. Unlike political parties’ leaders, regional activists are more loyal to the idea of united opposition with a single leader and are more willing to participate in the Congress. If the Congress takes place this spring, the majority of participants are likely to represent regions, especially small and medium-sized towns.
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.