Society becomes more persistent in advocating interests of Belarusian language education in schools
Parents of children attending Minsk gymnasium No 4 have been protesting against the Russification. The previous director of the gymnasium was dismissed due to anti-corruption charges against him by the KGB. The Belarusian-language gymnasium is attended by children of some cultural figures who support oppositional views. Most likely, the controversy and discussions in the independent media about the events in the gymnasium and the growing tension in the Belarusian-language school would affect the administration’s position and it would accept parent’s proposals. It should be noted that the president gently supported those advocating for the expansion of the use of the Belarusian language, albeit simultaneously he tried not to alienate the Russian-speaking population.
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.