Around 5,000 people protested in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Thursday ahead of an election which could see the demise of the man dubbed "Europe's last dictator".
While the results of the presidential election in Belarus can be already be anticipated, the EU must be ready to be called on to mediate between the opposition and incumbent President Lukashenko, "Europe's last dictator."
Euronews has been out on the streets of Belarus to ask citizens how they think their country has changed since "Europe's last dictator" came to power 26 years ago.
Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tells Euronews change is coming after 26 years of rule by President Alexander Lukashenko.
Russia demanded that 33 of its citizens who had been arrested in Belarus be released.
A trio of women is causing problems for Belarus' incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko.
Thousands rally in Belarus capital Minsk despite crackdown
Valery Tsepkalo was one of the main opposition candidates in the upcoming Belarus presidential election before he was barred from running.
Concerns are mounting over the transparency of a presidential election in Belarus next month. The campaign has been marked by a crackdown on opposition figures, with rivals of incumbent president Alexander Lukashenko banned from running.
Amnesty International said police sought to disperse "peaceful gatherings" with "excessive and unnecessary use of force".
Victor Babariko, the main rival of Alexander Lukashenko, barred from Belarus presidential election
Europe's last dictator lost his final shred of support in his response to the coronavirus pandemic. With protests at home and isolation abroad, is this the end of the road?
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko faces several rivals in his bid for a sixth term at the August 9 election, but few expect him to lose his authoritarian grip on power.