Another 100,000 people took to the streets today to protest against the strongman President Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years. The opposition leader Tikhanovskaya called on the people to launch a nationwide strike starting on the 26th. Belarus protests held the presidential election on August 9. After Alexander Lukashenko declared overwhelming victory over opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (Svetlana Tikhanovskaya), demonstrations broke out in Belarus every weekend. A large number of people took to the streets to demand Lukashenko’s resignation.
The opposition has set a deadline for today to be an ultimatum. If Lukashenko does not resign, he will face a national strike.
During today’s demonstration, some people chanted “strike.” Local media estimated that at least 100,000 people participated in the demonstration.
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The opposition pointed out through the communication software Telegram that the police used shock bombs to disperse the demonstrators, while large-scale arrests were also underway.
Tikhanovskaya also stated on Telegram: “Today this regime once again shows the people of Belarus that violence is the only thing it can do.” She wrote that: “Therefore, tomorrow, October 26, a nationwide strike will begin.” (Translator: Chen Yanjun) 1091026
Among the demonstrators, Yuri Sanko said, “The Belarusians have never been so united. We will drive away from the executioners of this regime.”
The demonstrators gathered amidst singing and the sound of trumpets, dressing in white, holding flowers and balloons. Some held huge red and white flags that symbolized the opposition.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s main opponent, opposition leader Svetlana-Tikhanovskaïa, called on everyone to take to the streets this Sunday and continue to put pressure on the Lukashenko regime. . Anti-Lukashenko rallies and demonstrations also took place in other major cities and smaller cities and towns in Belarus. In addition, people are also proposing to hold a national strike from Monday on social networks.
Before the opening of the opposition march in Minsk, a rally in support of Lukashenko was held on Independence Square in the capital, with thousands of people participating. Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, suddenly appeared at this rally.
He said in applause, “I am here to appeal to you, not for you to defend me, but because for the first time in a quarter of a century, you can defend your country and its independence.”
The 65-year-old President of Belarus rejected the opposition’s request for re-elections. In the August 9th general election, he won more than 80% of the votes and was accused of large-scale fraud by the opposition. Today, he faced supporters waving the official red and green flags from the Soviet era and said: “If we do this (re-voting), we will be caught in a vortex of chaos and we will never get out.”
Agence France-Presse said that Alexander Lukashenko spoke from a podium not far from the bodyguards. He condemned his so-called intention to impose a “government from abroad” on Belarus. Next to him stood his youngest son and potential successor, Nikolai Lukashenko.
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