8 Feb 2021

Inside Belarus: opposition battling for democracy in ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’

He’s been described as Europe’s last dictator and later this week the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will hold a giant gathering of industry leaders and high-ranking officials in the capital Minsk, designed to consolidate his power.

The heady days of mass street protests have given way to a bitter Belarus winter after the pro-democracy movement was violently put down last year.

There were almost 30,000 arrests.

This report from inside Belarus looks at what’s happening now to the country’s opposition.