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Thousands of people demonstrated across the country in the evening of 12 November, as well as 13 November, led by exiled opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in reaction to the death of a protester in circumstances that remain unclear. The individual in question was arrested by the security forces 11 November after an argument with rival supporters on the “Square of Changes“, a traditional rallying place for the opposition in Minsk. He was subsequently taken to hospital, where he died.

Demonstrators gathered at the scene of the incident in the capital and then occupied several avenues 13 November.

Renewed anti-government demonstrations should be expected in the coming days, notably 15 November when national rallies will be staged for the 15th Sunday in a row in demand of the departure of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Although the turnout at rallies appears to have dropped in recent weeks, amid a systematic crackdown by the security forces, the possibility that attendance numbers could grow in the wake of this latest incident should not be ruled out 15 November. Demonstrations are likely in the capital, specifically on the Square of Changes, as well as in other cities in the country.

It is advisable to keep well away from all gatherings and mob movements.

Clashes and arrests should be expected in the event of police intervention. At least 1,000 people were arrested during the recent demonstrations 8 November.

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