Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called on social media for a mass rally Tuesday in Minsk’s Independence Square to celebrate the national holiday.
Belarus became independent on August 25, 1991, as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Three years later, Alexander Lukashenko came to power against whom Tikanovkaya was able to mobilize thousands of protesters from exile in Lithuania.
The Belarusians are reportedly expected to arrive in large numbers at the square in the capital at 6 p.m.
Protests and strikes against President Lukashenko have been going on in the country for weeks. He states that he was re-elected as president with 80 percent of the vote on August 9.
According to the opposition, the polls have been widely tampered with to help Lukashenko reach a sixth term in office.
Lukashenko persecutes his opponents with a substantial hand and does not seem to want to budge.