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11.09.2017 12:13 Photos

In pictures: Protest staged in Minsk against Belarusian-Russian military exercise

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Satsyuk)
Former presidential candidates Mikalay Statkevich and Uladzimir Nyaklyayew led a crowd of more than a hundred people who demonstrated in central Minsk on Friday to express protest against Belarus' coming military exercise with Russia.
The demonstrators displayed Belarus' historically national white-red-white flags and chanted "Zhyve Belarus!" (Long live Belarus!) as they gathered in Kastrychnitski Square amid a heavy presence of plainclothesmen. One protester was holding up a sign saying, "Russian soldier go home, there is no vodka here."
The crowd walked down Independence Avenue to Yakub Kolas Square. As the demonstrators passed Victory Square, Messrs. Statkevich and Nyaklyayew broke away from the crowd and laid flowers at the 40-meter-tall Victory Obelisk, on the side where Soviet partisans are depicted. They rejoined the crowd afterward.
When the demonstrators reached Yakub Kolas Square, they swore a symbolic oath of allegiance to Belarus at Mr. Statkevich`s request, vowing to fight for the country's freedom and independence and stay loyal to it.




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