At the same time, Telegram channels in Belarus report that the protesters are state employees who are forced to go to the capital while actually enjoying their day off. Some manage to refuse for one reason or another, and some do not, because they threaten with dismissal, or loss of a place in a hostel.
"People are afraid that provocations may be committed, and some of those invited to the rally believe that they are possible on the part of the authorities," Tut.by reports.
People are brought from different cities by buses.
There are already quite a lot of security officials on Independence Square in Minsk, where the pro-government rally is to take place. The square itself is fenced with turnstiles.
Tractors and other agricultural machinery were brought up to Independence Square, Nasha Niva reports.
The rally is to take place at 12:00, two hours before the start of the opposition protests. Today, Telegram channel NEXTA announced the March for Freedom demanding Lukashenko's departure, the release of political prisoners and the trial of the security forces for violence and torture.
"All cities go out to the central squares and summon the heads of executive committees and police departments to account, put forward our demands. From the very morning, go around your neighbors and explain that a lot is being decided today," the message says.
As we reported before, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed concern about the statements of the Belarusian leadership on participation of Ukrainians in organizing peaceful protests after announcing the results of the presidential elections in the country.