Protests in Belarus do not waive, 50 days on

Sunday’s peaceful demonstrations in cities across Belarus met with a violent response from the authorities. 50 days have passed since citizens first took to the streets in protests against the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko.

Countrywide grassroots protests were organised by ordinary citizens who went out onto the streets to show their discontent with the rule of Lukashenko.

The Belarusian authorities have not ceased in their attempts to suppress the crowds by shutting down Internet access and preventing large gatherings taking place by sending in riot police and placing roadblocks on major roads.

Despite Poland’s efforts, any potential EU decisions regarding the deteriorating situation in Belarus will be made no sooner than in early October - the upcoming EU summit was postponed until then due to the coronavirus escalation in recent days.