Parliamentary elections will take place across Belarus on Sunday, November 17. Related political demonstrations and rallies are possible over the coming days, particularly in the capital Minsk. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions should be anticipated around polling sites and political gatherings. Clashes between supporters of different political parties, as well as associated arrests, cannot be ruled out. The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has requested 400 independent observers for the election.
While protests are rare in the country, several anti-government protests have been held recently in Minsk ahead of the parliamentary elections. Protesters' demands, among others, have included the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko and the release of political prisoners.
Individuals in Belarus are advised to monitor developments, avoid all political gatherings and polling sites as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence near such sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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