Minsk, Brest, Hrodna Vitsebsk, Mahiliou, Baranavichy — in all of these cities people are gathering to sign for their candidates to be eventually registered by the CEC.
On Sunday, May 31st, people gathered near the collectors of signatures to sign for this or that candidate. Especially large queues began to form after blogger Syarhei Tsikhanouski, a trustee and husband of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, was detained in Hrodna on May 29th.
In all Belarusian cities, where protest candidates, especially representatives of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, are now collecting signatures, there are lines of those willing to sign. This is how it looked like on May 31st in different Belarusian cities.
On May 31st, pickets to collect signatures to nominate candidates for president of Belarus were held in Mahiliou. The biggest pickets were held in the square in front of Mahiliou City Executive Committee. It was here that Syarhei Tsikhanouski held the picket on May 27th. Today, signatures for the nomination of Volha Kavalkova were first collected at the picket. She came to her picket from Minsk.
According to Volha, the main goal is to show the whole country how many people do not support Alyaksandr Lukashenka, so that policemen and teachers could understand it. Volha Kavalkova conducts pickets to give people a legal way to express their protest, as well as to support Syarhei Tsikhanousky. That is what she spoke about at the picket.
When the crowd started chanting slogans, an employee of the local police department asked to avoid them. After the picket the commission came to check the documents with the collectors of signatures. Volha Kavalkova even had to stand up for the signatures collectors and explain the legislation to the commission members.
Although signatures for Volha Kavalkova, Mikalai Kazlou and Valer Tsapkala were collected at the picket in Mahiliou, people lined up the longest to sign for Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s nomination. This line stretched out to the entire square. Heavy rain didn’t scare the residents of Mahiliou either.