We’re announcing the People’s Ultimatum on October 25th. We demand that: 1. Lukashenko must go. 2. Violence has to stop. 3. Political prisoners must be released.1
Belarus opposition leader warns of national strike.
A Belarusian opposition leader has warned of a nationwide strike unless President Alexander Lukashenko announces his resignation by October 25.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya issued a statement through social media on Tuesday. She urged Lukashenko to step down and halt the use of violence, or face wider protests including a national strike from October 26.
On October 26, a national strike of all enterprises will begin, all roads will be blocked, sales in state-owned stores will collapse. You have 13 days to fulfill three conditions. We have 13 days to prepare, and in the meantime Belarusians will continue their peaceful and persistent protest,” Tsikhanouskaya said in the statement
Tikhanovskaya ran in the August 9 presidential election against Lukashenko, whose claim of victory touched off mass rallies by protesters who say the polls were rigged.
The opposition leader has sought support from France and Germany, and delivered a speech at a UN meeting to seek international pressure.
But Lukashenko continues to take a hardline stance with backing from Russia.
Observers say the opposition is taking note of similar post-election protests in another former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. The president there has signaled he may resign once the nation regains order.