15 July 2020, Wednesday, 2:45
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"Stop Cockroach!": Belarusians Surprised the World

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"Stop Cockroach!": Belarusians Surprised the World
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Tens of thousands of the country's citizens have signed for changes.

Today legal pickets to collect signatures for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya have been held in all regional centers of Belarus. The pickets began at 12:00 and lasted until the evening.

The best support for the people's blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski is the presence at legal pickets to collect signatures.

21:16 Pickets under the white-red-white flag in Vorsha.

20:57 "Stop the Cockroach!" in Zhlobin.

20:49 Seven portraits from the queue for freedom. Today, people of all ages and professions have gathered near the Kamarouski market in Minsk.

20:10 Pickets in Minsk and Brest from a height.

19:54 In Mahiliou, people are standing in line, despite the rain.

19:45 Co-chairman of the BCD Pavel Seviarynets called on the residents of Vitsebsk, who had come to support the presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, to the national strike. He called on people not to be afraid and to prepare for mass rallies, as well as for a long economic boycott:

"We can stop keeping money in Belarusbank and get our deposits from there! You and I can stop refueling at Belnautakhim! We can stop shopping at Euraopt and Karona - these are Lukashenka's wallets. We can stop shopping at at Tabakerka. Economic boycott to the regime! Stop feeding the regime!"

19:39 Vitsebsk residents came to the picket under white, red and white flags.

19:33 Posters and slippers of the Belarusians at the picket in Minsk.

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19:25 "We'll sweep aside the cockroach!": there has appeared a high-speed video of the live chain in Minsk.

19:18 People are standing in line in Barysau to sign against Lukashenka.

19.13 After the picket at the Kamarouski market in Minsk, activists Andrei Voinich, Maksim Viniarski and Vital Tryhubau were detained. They were taken to different police departments of Minsk.

19.10 A huge queue to the picket of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is standing in Baranavichy.

18.52 A man at the picket to support Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya emotionally addressed public sector workers and urged them not to commit another crime: "I want to make an appeal to teachers, doctors, public sector workers. I want to make an appeal to teachers, doctors, public sector workers. "Get it right, if you are involved in forced labour, even now everything is posted on the Internet. Believe me, the earned piece that you'll get (bonuses, financial aid) - it will not go down your throat, and it will do harm to your children, your relatives. Do not be afraid! Come out and express your opinion, come to the pickets. All the leaders, such as directors, deputies, head teachers, guys, what are you doing? Karma will befall you anyway, even if it's not human, but God's. Please note, now the Internet is full of information about these criminals who detained Siarhei Tsikhanouski, about this woman who showed her bum. It all came out in 24 hours. So, believe me, it's gonna happen to you, too. Don't be afraid! Stop the cockroach!"

18.49 A young Minsker on a picket: "People don't just want change - there's a renewal in the country. The old Soviet generation came to power and was transformed into some kind of fascism. I want both Babaryka and Tsepkala to join forces and support Tsikhanouski. The people now face a very important stage. I want those who have signed today to come out later to defend and support their signatures.

18.40 Former member of the Lukashenka Security Service at a picket in Minsk: "Interesting events are taking place in our country today. There is a public unity. At one time I was military and even served in the Lukashenka Security Service. I'm sick and tired of everything that's been going on for 26 years - it's time to change. It's time for Lukashenka to go. There was a provocation against Tsikhanouski in Hrodna. When I served, we received similar orders from our heads. Everything can be confirmed easily, even at the prosecutor's office. It's easy to do. They find people who are on the hook for provocation. The guys who used to serve understand what's going on. I can take responsibility for my words and give you specific names. Now some circus is taking place, these people have either become inadequate and unprofessional. Either: the people "there" are already working for us - to change the power. I see that 100 thousand people have already passed here.

18:32 Vaukavysk. There have been no pickets in the town today. But residents gathered in the center to talk about problems and discuss the situation in the country.

18.25 Hanna Tolchykava, winner of the Charter97.org prize at the picket in Minsk: "My main candidates are Tsikhanouski and Babaryka. It is hard to convey my emotions and inspiration: this has never happened in Belarus before! I count on mass awakening of people during this campaign. There was a blatant provocation against Tsikhanouski in Hrodna. People are saying today: Hrodna has made us leave the sofa. Well, who do they take us for? What do they want to feed us with? Tsikhanouski behaved with dignity, and the authorities made a huge mistake. They no longer know what to do and they are making mistakes one after another. It outraged and raised people."

18.20 A graduate of the Mahiliou Engineering Institute: "I remember Lukashenka as a student of the Pedagogical University. I came to sign for Tsikhanouski. What we have is not a country for all the people, but for a bunch of them. That's why I am for Tsikhanouski. We need a parliamentary republic in the first place".

18.16 A mathematician, one of the founders of Acadzemharadok at a picket in Minsk: "I have come to sign for the future. We must unite now for a better future and change".

18.13 A man at the picket in Minsk: "I want to appeal to the authorities: the most important thing is for people to live as human beings. If there are half a million poor people in the country, then the power that lives better than the people is just a criminal one. How much more genocide can one commit against the Belarusian people? What is happening now is horrible. Today's power is just nothing. All its local executive committees are subversive groups. Belarus is a great power, a great country, a great nation. But the power has brought us to a state of cattle. So, this power is criminal. You may shoot me now, but I will tell you what I think. The power system in Belarus is rotten. People are tired of it.

18.05 A young girl in Minsk: "This is our protest. Tsikhanouski has stirred up our anthill, it's everyone's duty to come now and sign for his wife. And what happened in Hrodna - that was a low shot. What is there to be afraid of? There are many of us. I used to be apolitical, from the category of couch troops. Now we can't stay away. I'm tired of one person in power. We need a new one. We must shake the country up. I personally am doing well, but I look around, I see how people live, the salary now is a disgrace".

18.03 A Minsk resident expressed the opinion that together people are able to resist any obstacles: "I thank everyone who is not afraid to come here today! This is our constitutional right! Today I got here too, although from the very morning there were cops on duty under the gate - it is impossible to call them otherwise. They're still there. And somebody hasn't even got here. But when there are so many of us, they will not be able to watch everyone outside the entrance. So I express great gratitude for our solidarity.

Freedom to Siarhei Tsikhanouski! Freedom to Mikalai Statkevich!"

17.55 A young man in Minsk: "I was watching Siarhei Tsikhanouski's channel, he had been unfairly framed and detained. So now my friends and I have come here. We wanted to sit it out non-committedly, but the authorities themselves gave us a reason to go out and protest, to sign for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Everyone around me is for the Tsikhanouskis. We see no future with Lukashenka. Everything will be fine and our economy will improve without this power. Nobody believes in tomorrow's day under it."

17.52 A gray Minsker at the picket: "I'm tired of living like this. I want something new. I am knocked speechless here. When I go abroad, I see how people live and are not afraid of anything".

17:46 A resident of the capital: Why have you been staying there for so long? We do not need you, we do not love you, we do not respect you, you are so weak. You go, Lukashenka. And give Tsikhanouski a chance!

17.37 A young Minsker: "I was born in a politicized family. We have always had discussions in the family. Politics has always played a big role in our family. I have already grown up and I consider it important to come here and express my opinion. I do not have a single acquaintance who would be for Lukashenka".

17:27 A university professor at a picket in Minsk: "I was sitting at home on the sofa, saw the stream on the Internet and came to support people. I'm not satisfied with the economic policy, the youth policy and the whole policy in general".

17.18 Russian opposition politician Vladimir Milov has commented on pickets in Belarus.

17:14 A Minsker drove along the whole queue that lined up for pickets in support of Siarhei and Sviatlana Tikhanouskaya and captured it on video from the car window.

17.12 The queue in Minsk is not getting smaller, it remains as long as before.

17.09 A young man in Minsk: "Anyone but the mustached cockroach. We want to bring changes closer, stop sitting there and be afraid. We have come to set an example how not to be afraid".

17.06 A Minsker has come to a picket with a cat. "My cat also supports Tsikhanouski and blogger Grey Cat. And let the mustached cockroach run away! Guys, hold on! Our time will come very quickly. The dictatorship collapses with a snap!

We will remember this time as historic.

17.04 A Minsk resident: "Tsikhanouski is young, active, he has united us, wakened us and brought us together. What happened in Hrodna is a complete idiocy by the authorities. I'm ready now to stand here 10-20 hours, as long as there are changes".

17.02 A young man in Minsk: "I've stood in line to support Tsikhanouski for 3 hours and I think it's right. It's just superior adrenaline, it's better than sitting at home on the sofa".

17.01 It became known that Young Front leader Dzianis Urbanovich had been detained in Miska.

16.15 Huge queues are standing at the pickets in Brest. Lukashenka has been dumped in Brest.

16.58 Brest residents are waiting 4-5 hours in the queue to sign for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

16.57 A girl has come to the picket in Minsk with the poster "We were Taught to Be Honest".

16.56 A young man in Minsk: "All my friends have come today. Tsikhanouski found the pass to the Belarusians, woke the people up. I think that next Sunday there will be more people".

16.55 A young Minsker: "This regime is a cancerous tumour which is on the body of our still young country. He is totally unprofessional and unfit to run the country. Therefore, I sign up for all the protest candidates".

16:31 "People, do not be afraid! There are a lot of free people here! Factories, schools, police and the army should take to the streets. It's time to free the Belarusian people. We are not standing for someone, but against Lukashenka. Go away," - a resident of the capital told reporters.

16. 29 Mikalai Kazlou in Minsk: "Lukashenka and his people will have to answer for everything. Both for falsifications and other shameful things. This shame will fall on their children. They will have to live here and carry this burden. With regard to Tsikhanouski's detention I would like to address Minister Karayeu: what was done in Hrodna, all these prostitutes in epaulets and in the literal sense - it's just a usual crime. And you'll have to answer for it under very serious articles. Belarusians are waking up and will wake up very soon. And soon you'll have to answer for it.

16.22 A Brest resident: "Tsikhanouski has awakened the society. We have to stop being afraid - and then we will defeat the "tsar". He should be the one who is supposed to be afraid of us. There are millions of us - he's alone. And I can see that he understands that and is very afraid of us. His destiny has been decided, he will not last in power".

16.17 A young Brest man: "This power is like coronavirus. We are just sick and tired of it, it is time to change it. The long journey begins with the first step. We must do something, believe and hope."

16.15 Huge queues are standing at the pickets in Brest.

16.10 A Minsker shouted "Shame!" to the traffic policemen, who were drawing up the protocols against the drivers, signaling in support of the picket participants. They started to detain him. People beat the guy off the police and traffic policemen.

16.09 Minsk residents have been standing in queues for several hours to sign for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. "We are waiting for changes. We need to change the old for the new one. We all must do our best to make it happen", - one of the city residents says.

16:06 Drivers are signaling actively, expressing their support to those gathered at the picket in Minsk.

16.04 People have been standing in line for more than 2 hours to sign for Tsikhanouskaya in Vitsebsk.

16:03 Journalists talked to a married couple, who came to the picket. "My wife and I have been standing for four hours now. We're not sorry for the time. I haven't been participating in "elections" for 15 years now," - the man said. "If Lukashenka runs for presidency and Yarmoshyna counts, we won't go to the "elections"," - the woman added.

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16.10 A Minsk resident shouted "Shame!" to the traffic policemen, who were drawing up protocols against the drivers, signaling in support of the picket participants. They started to detain him. People beat the guy off the police and traffic policemen.

16.16 Young Brest residents: "We have come to support Tsikhanouski. We want a change of power, the authorities are playing the hog. A lot of people are against Lukashenka. I've been standing here for 4 hours and would have stood even if it was raining. It's not appropriate that anyone can get arrested. The authorities are just afraid, holding their positions by any means".

16.15 Huge queues are standing at the pickets in Brest. Lukashenka has been dumped in Brest.

16.04 People have been standing in line for more than 2 hours to sign for Tsikhanouskaya in Vitsebsk.

15.56 The front man of the band "Give me the Way!" Yury Stylski has come to the picket in Brest. "People have suffered for 20 years and at last they got tired of it", - the musician said.

15.55 Bard and poet Valer Pazniakevich at the picket in Minsk: "I want changes, all the people want changes. I'm sick of living like this!"

15.54 A huge queue has lined up at the picket in Pinsk.

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15.52 "Tsikhanouski was arrested for the truth! Freedom to Tsikhanouski! Let him go!" - the people are chanting near the Kamarouski market.

15.49 An elderly citizen of Minsk: "This state of society gives strength. The indignation at the dirty deed that the power has committed gives strength and does not allow to stay at home. I see here the generation of my children and grandchildren, many of them have grown up under Lukashenka, but they have come today, it gives strength and hope".

15.43 Minskers: "We have been standing in line for Tsihanouskaya for 3 hours already. People used to have fear, but I hope that if many people come out, there will be a result. There has never been such a thing that so many people would get together. People are boiling over, everyone wants changes".

15.42 The queue in Minsk has stretched so far that it takes a long time to go from end to end.

15.38 Long lines in Maladzechna.

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15.37 Pensioner from Minsk: "The whole world sees us! I want the whole world to pray for our candidates, who are now in prison!"

15.27 Lots of people stand in the line to sign for Sviatlana Tsikhanovskay in Mahiliou.

15.21 A young man from near Rakau at a picket in Minsk: "I would like to quote a popular man: stop waiting for changes, we must make them. It's time to take to the square and build a normal country for life. I want to appeal to all people: it's time to stop being afraid and start making changes. Yermoshyna will not count votes. We just need to go out. Lukashenka's Administration has long been unconstitutional and he must resign. He violates the law even regarding the detention of Tsikhanouski and Statkevich. The moment has come. Lukashenka has brought the country into despair, people live off 300-400 rubles. Everybody is tired of him. The rural area has warlike ambitions. It's time to change everything".

15.17 Minsk resident on the picket: "I'm fed up with this mess ongoing for 20 years. You make money and he takes everything away. My classmates make money all over Europe and Ukraine. They spend too much time abroad, families break up. We must change this power. People are making history today. Look at how many people have come! They are here to unite and raze to the ground this power. We will succeed. It's time to change this system."

15.14 Photo fact: Slipper Revolution poster on a picket in Minsk.

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15.08 Minsk resident on the picket: "The whole country will not be fired. Who will earn money then? Once you can take a risk, but your child will not build an apartment where one square metre costs $1300. One can sacrifice a piece of a finger but save the head, the Belarusian heart and our country. I expect Babariko and Tsepkalo to unite with thousands of those who came today and will demand Tsikhanouski's freedom. In 26 years we have had enough of the old-runner. Get on your plane and fly away! Fly away, Sasha!"

15.07 People on the picket in Minsk show both courage and unprecedented creativity.

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15.04 Minsk resident about the provocation against Tsikhanouski in Hrodna: "It's a three-ring circus, clown's fooling. A policeman cannot fall down like that. There was no Mike Tyson. There was no Connor McGregor, it's just a performance".

14.59 Entrepreneur from Minsk appealed to the informant at the picket: "Are you not ashamed to do such a job? Your camera was bought at our expense. It's a shame! Your country is bankrupt. I'm the daughter of a military man, but I didn't serve because my father asked me not to do this. I couldn't follow these dumb orders."

14.56 Minsk resident on a picket: "Sasha, be scared! You are at war with your people. You will die in this war. Even if you hold your elections, professions will make you resign".

14.55 The line is extending, people are standing on Kulman Street.

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14.52 A young citizen of Minsk said: "People, it's lawlessness! The actor from Hrodna did not get an Oscar but new shoulder straps". His idea was developed by another picketer: "Lukashenka faces Yanukovych's fate. He hurt Tsikhanouski. It's his fatal mistake. It's a shame. It made Belarusians unite. After this dirty provocation, 2-3 times more people came out. It mobilized people".

14.49 Brest resident at the picket: "I'm fed up with this lie of 26 years; I would like to see changes this year".

14.47 Minsk resident: "Deliver Lukashenka our common request: resign! You have promised a lot and lied a lot, it is time to fulfil at least one promise - to resign. You've talked about it. Resign now!"

14.43 A young Minsker could not hold his tears at the picket: "I do not work in Belarus. I have higher education and have to work 2000 km away; I do not want my son to live like that. Parents tell your children that they will not live like us. We must do our best for our children to live a different life!"

14.37 Activist Volha Mikalaichyk appealed to people at the picket: "This is a peaceful, legal signature collection. Do not be afraid of anything. The truth is on our side!"

14.34 Maryna Adamovich said at the picket in Minsk that Mikalai Statkevich had been kidnapped by unknown people. "Lukashenka has lost a sense of reality. His regime is making more and more mistakes, which eventually lead to his systemic collapse. This is panic. No power can make Belarusians tolerate these authorities anymore. The country is on the verge of drastic changes. The situation will change rapidly. Positive changes await us. People are already ready for them," said Maryna Adamovich.

14.33 As soon as the police and informants in civilian clothes are banished, people chant "Go away" and "Freedom!"

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14.30 In Minsk, people follow police officers crying "Shame on you!" and "Freedom!" The police unblocked the main way to the market.

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14.29 In Homel, thousands of people gathered on the square. When they saw a policeman with a megaphone, people started chanting "Shame on you!"

14.24 Brest citizen on a picket: "In Hrodna, Lukashenka was ashamed before the people. He is a liar. I haven't voted for him for 26 years, but I haven't even gone to the square either. When I could not but come when I saw that mess in Hrodna. Lukashenka, you are shameless! That's why I came here. All my family members are here - husband, daughter, and even our dog. Everyone calls this man a cockroach. He has stolen faith and hope from us. He's a liar and I want him to resign."

14.23 Brest resident: "Tsikhanouski shares his courage with us".

14.22 The young Brest resident: "If there are many of us at the right time, we will be able to change the power in the country".

14.20 At the picket, Minsk resident Leanid Hryshankou reminded Lukashenka about the murders of Zakharanka, Hanchar and Krasouski.

14.17 Young Minsker: "Lukashenka gave us a signal with his provocation in Hrodna. Today we reciprocate: "Look where our line ends and think about it".

14.15 A young Brest resident: "I am for all candidates except Lukashenka. I earn a good salary, but I could not but come here. I can't stay home and tolerate it any longer. Let's try to make a difference".

14.11 In Brest, journalists talk about the length of the line. It's assumed that several thousands of people came.

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14.10 There is a huge line at the picket in Hrodna. People have brought red and green slippers for the "moustached cockroach".

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14.07 A picketer in Minsk, individual entrepreneur: "I drove 160 km from Western Belarus to protest here. I demand to release Tsikhanouski! Everything goes to the point when one will break into our houses and seize our property. I'm not going to wait for that. That's why I'm here".

14.05 Leanid Kulakou, an activist of the European Belarus civic campaign, came to a picket with a broom to "sweep out the moustached cockroach".

14.04 Minsk resident: "I'm sick and tired of this lawlessness! There is no place to go for the people but the Square. It is the moment when we must support each other and change the power this year".

13.59 Kamarouka market. People joined hands and danced to the song "Raze these prisons to the ground".

13.57 Thousands of people in the centre of Minsk are chanting "Release!", demanding the release of the detainees, and "Cockroach, out"!

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13.54 Brest resident: "Even executive committees, middle-level administration hate Lukashenka. We can't let him stay in power for another 5 years".

13.53 Mikalai Statkevich was taken to an undisclosed location. His wife Maryna Adamovich files an allegation of abduction.

13.49 Leader of Young Front, Dzianis Urbanovich, stated that the line in Minsk had spread for 2-3 km. "It is the most important moment. The fate of the country is at stake. Ordinary people have come today. Tsikhanouski is a real people's blogger. Most Belarusians are sick and tired of it all," said the activist.

13.48 People at the picket in Minsk: "Lukashenka is a sick man. He is underqualified. His wife said in 1994 that she would be better milk cows than go to Minsk with him. I did not understand it then, but now I see what it means".

13.47 In Staubtsy hundreds of people came to the picket. A box for slippers was installed in the city.

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13.45 People on the streets in Minsk chant "Release!" Drivers are beeping as a sign of support.

13.41 A young woman from Minsk: "I have never seen anything like this in my life. I am very proud of my country and my people today.

13.40 In Vitsebsk the line made up several hundred meters.

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13.39 Young Minsker: "Lukashenka will have to pay for all his deeds over 26 years. Everyone who stands in this long line believes in it."

13.38 Minsk resident at the picket: "Thousands of people told the moustached dictator to resign. I'd like to tell you, the moustached cockroach: Stop clinging to power and finally resign!

13.37 Valery Shchukin from Minsk: "I've never seen anything like this in this city. If Yermoshyna doesn't register Tsikhanouskaya, there'll be a revolt. All these people will take to the Square. I can say that the moment has come."

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13.35 The line in Minsk stretched for more than a kilometre. Journalists note that people encircled the whole block near Kamarouka.

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13.31 Minsk resident: "I would like to address all men. Our grandfathers were partisans. They were not afraid of anything even during the war. Do not be afraid either! Take to the streets, demand changes!"

13.30 The number of people at the picket in Brest has exceeded 5,000. The number of people is increasing.

13.28 Minsk resident: "Lukashenka is insane. One can see it without a psychiatrist. A maniac has been ruling us for 26 years. Any candidate looks better than him. Tsikhanouski is an ambitious man. People can follow him".

13.23 Brest resident: "Lukashenka saw huge lines to Tsikhanouskaya in all cities and got scared. His rating now is 1-3%. I think this year Lukashenka will fail. People will put tents on the square. Times have changed".

13.20 The line in Mahiliou is growing despite the rain.

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13.19 Brest resident Kanstantyn Ostapuk: "Today we have expected for Siarhei Tsikhanouski to visit us. Alas, he experienced a wicked provocation in Hrodna. However, more people came because of it".

13.17 In Minsk, the line at the Tsikhanouskaya picket is several times longer than it was a week ago. More people came after the provocation in Hrodna.

13.16 Thousands of people gathered for a picket in Homel. People in the square chant "Stop the cockroach!" The protest candidates Veranika Mishchenka and Uladzimir Nepomniashchykh came to the picket.

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PHOTOGRAPH: PEOPLE'S HRAMADA

13.14 The environment in Brest is as charged as Minsk: thousands of people in the square chant "Stop the cockroach!" and "Freedom!"

13.12 A sign "Stop the cockroach!" has been installed on Kamarouka in Minsk.

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13.11 In Vitsebsk, thousands of people gathered in the square.

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13.09 Striking video from the picket in Minsk: the line stretched to the BNTU.

13.08 There are huge lines in Brest. Families stand in line for several hours to sign for candidates.

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13.07 A video of pursuit and detention in Minsk is uploaded.

13.03 Elderly Minsk residents: "We signed for Tsikhanouski. It's time to put things in order in the country. He'll succeed, while Lukashenka has driven the country into despair. Not only the young understand but we also see this".

13.00 A line at the picket in Minsk broke the record of May 24. People are already standing on Kulman Street; thousands of people came to demand the release of Tsikhanouski. People chant "Release!"

12.59 The atmosphere at the picket in Minsk is impressive.

12.58 Minsk resident: "An organized criminal gang stays in power. He spent our money on his entertainment; he has made even pensioners confront him".

12.58 People chant "Stop the cockroach!" and "Release!"

12.57 Thousands of people gathered on the square in Homel.

12.56 In Hrodna, people chant "Freedom!"

12.54 Mikalai Statkevich was detained on his way to the picket on Kamarouski market in Minsk.

12.54 In Minsk, people chanting "Release!", demanding Tsikhanouski's release.

12.52 In Minsk, the line reached Yakub Kolas Square.

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12.47 A huge number of people gathered on the square in Vitsebsk.

12.46 The mother of three children in Brest: "I'm tired of living like this! We live hand-to-mouth. People long for changes. We do not want to live under this regime! We want changes".

12.41 In Zhlobin, hundreds of people stand in line to sign for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

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12.40 People took to the streets, even in the small town of Staubtsy.

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12.39 Brest resident: "I'll sign for everyone but the devil. He's a madman; he should be in a mental hospital. The provocation in Hrodna made me go furious. Let the BT TV channel and the instigators be ready for trials. This cannot be forgiven." The puppeteer has little left.

12.38 In Brest, people moved towards Belarus cinema house.

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12.37 Minsk resident: "I want to appeal to law enforcers and financiers. Lukashenka is threatening your children. The situation is changing: the roof is leaking. If you do nothing, you will make an unfortunate slip. It's a medieval parody. Aren't you ashamed of the country?"

12.36 The line in Brest. There are many people.

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12.35 The length of the line in Minsk exceeds half a kilometre.

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12.34 In Minsk, the line stretched over the square near the Kamarouski market and turned the corner. The number of people is impressive.

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12.33 In Brest, people stand in a huge line. Hundreds of supporters of changes are moving towards them.

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12.32 In Vitsebsk, people have formed a huge line.

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12.31 In Homel, several hundred people took to the street.

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12.30 A great number of people lined up in Hrodna. The city never ceases to amaze.

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12.27 A Brest citizen at a picket: "This irreplaceable, despicable power must be replaced this year. Lukashenka is an inadequate person who does not understand what he says, but at the same time he interferes in the affairs of all departments".

12.23 A Brest citizen at a picket for Tsikhanouski: "The breaking point occurred last spring".

12.20 Young people at the picket in Minsk chant "Stop the cockroach!". "It's time to change this moustached face everyone's tired of for 26 years."

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12.19 Minsk resident at the picket: "I do hope that everything will soon be over for Lukashenka. The train has gone. Have a nice trip!"

12.13 A young man at the picket in Minsk: "I can't sleep for 3 nights in a row. I used to be apolitical, but today I came to the Square. I am a businessman. I live quite well. But today I came because I have a child of 3 years old. I don't want my child to go out and be grabbed. I'm shocked by the performance in Hrodna. I know that no one votes for Lukashenka. No one signs for Lukashenka. I haven't slept for 2 nights! I'm a lawyer. I watched 12 videos. I demand Tsikhanouski be released immediately! I'll testify for him. Guys from MIA, are you serious? I'll testify against you. I can't sleep at night!" His speech caused applause.

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12.11 Minsk resident at the picket: "Everybody understands that it cannot last no more. The Belarusian people have done a great job.

12.09 There are a lot of people on the Kamarouski market in Minsk, the line is as big as on May 24.

12.08 Minsk resident at a picket on Kamarouski market: "A dirty provocation was committed against Tsikhanouski, but his campaign will continue".

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12.03 Belarusian woman at the picket in Minsk: "I don't want Lukashenka to be in power. Anyone but him. He has done nothing good to us; it is impossible to live off the pension. I hate him. When I see his performances I turn off the TV. He's not intelligent. He should at least finish his Belarusian language course. His level is the chairman of a poor state farm. No one voted for Lukashenka".

12.00 Minsk resident at the picket: "The provocation against Siarhei has turned into the disaster for the disaster. The authorities are afraid of people. There is no choice. We should stand for our rights. This power is nonsense. Discontent will grow until it reaches its height. Every time more and more people come to the pickets.

11.58 In Minsk, the song "Raze these prisons to the ground" plays at the Tsikhanouskaya picket.

11.57 There are also hundreds of people in Brest.

11.55 The line stretches from the main entrance of the Kamarouski market to the House of Furniture store. Hundreds of people have already come.

11.50 There is a huge line on the Kamarouski market in Minsk.