Belarus — Tikhanovskaya Announces National General Strike

  • The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Tikhanovskaya, commented on the results of the protest march, "People's Ultimatum," held in Belarus on Sunday, October 25.
  • The European Parliament announced on October 22 that it will award the Belarusian opposition the Sakharov Human Rights Prize this year.
  • “The regime once again showed Belarusians that force is the only thing it is capable of,” she wrote in a statement.

Former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the start of a national strike on Monday, following the expiration of an ultimatum that Tikhanovskaya had previously presented to the Belarusian authorities that President Alexander Lukashenko must resign.

Belarusian police blocked roads in central Minsk as tens of thousands of protesters marched on Sunday.

The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Tikhanovskaya, commented on the results of the protest march, “People’s Ultimatum,” held in Belarus on Sunday, October 25.

“The regime once again showed Belarusians that force is the only thing it is capable of,” she wrote in a statement. “That’s why tomorrow, 26 October, a national strike will begin.”

Tikhanovskaya: National Strike will Begin on October 26

Her ultimatum said that if by Sunday President Lukashenko had not announced his resignation, did not completely stop violence in the streets, and did not release all prisoners, “the whole country will peacefully take to the streets.”

In her Telegram statement, the leader of the Belarusian opposition announced the start of a nationwide strike. Minsk-based political analyst Artyom Shraibman. said:

“It’s impossible to predict what will happen in a few months. We don’t know what will happen with the economy, we don’t know where Russia will stand, and we don’t know how far Lukashenko will go with concessions.”

The European Parliament announced on October 22 that it will award the Belarusian opposition the Sakharov Human Rights Prize this year. The award ceremony will be held on December 16. The European Parliament specifically mentioned 10 Belarusian opposition figures. Most of them are either in exile or held in prison.

Alexander Lukashenko is a Belarusian politician serving as President of Belarus since the office was created on 20 July 1994. Western opponents of Lukashenko have described Belarus as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship.’

Among these people is the Belarusian Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich. She left Minsk not long ago, and arrived in Germany.

Many EU ambassadors to Belarus were stationed at Alexeyevich’s home in Minsk last month, and were on duty to prevent Lukashenko’s secret police from arresting her.

Others include Maria Kalesnikava, a new Belarusian political star, musician, and entertainer, who emerged in the protest. She was arrested last month, and the authorities attempted to forcibly deport her to Ukraine.

However, during the border check, Kalesnikava tore up her passport. After the authorities’ plan failed, she is now detained in Minsk.

This time, the European Parliament also mentioned the opposition leader, Tikhanovskaya, and her husband, Sergei Tikhanovsky.

The famous blogger originally planned to participate in the general election as a presidential candidate. However, he was thrown into prison before the election.

Originally an interpreter, Tikhanovskaya was forced to challenge Lukashenko on behalf of her husband in the general election. The Belarusian opposition believes that in the August general election, Tikhanovskaya had more votes than Lukashenko and won the election.

Tikhanovskaya, who was forced to flee Belarus after the election, has become a symbol of anti-Lukashenko protests.

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