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.
Thousands of people once again took to the streets of Belarus today in protests against the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, despite an earlier threat by the authorities to use live gunfire on them. The protests resulted in the arrest and subsequent detention of over 100 people in Minsk, police said.
French President Emmanuel Macron irked by the on goings in Belarus notably the brutal crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by the Lukashenko led administration, President Macron has ramped up the pressure on the embattled Belarus president by insisting that Alexander Lukashenko must vacate office, saying Lukashenko “must go”.
The European Union foreign ministers on Monday unanimously agreed not to recognize the democratic legitimacy of the Belarusian president, Alexandr Lukashenko, following the country’s recent controversial elections. The said ministers, However, failed to adopt sanctions against the regime after Cyprus vetoed.
On Saturday, Russian Alexey Stolyarov aka Lexus pranked the Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli. David Maria Sassoli is an Italian politician and journalist, a member of the Democratic Party. Sassoli, a member of the European Parliament since 2009, was elected its President on 3 July 2019.
This weekend, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview pertaining to the seven steps to the new Belarus that the opposition, led by Svetlana Tichanovskaya, is planning to implement. Lukashenko’s interview was a feeble attempt by the president to discredit the opposition.
Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, noted that she has received alarming reports of the violent and ongoing repression of peaceful demonstrations in Belarus. During its opening session on Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a proposal on the need for an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus.
Belarusian opposition figure, lawyer Maxim Znak, is said to have been ambushed and subsequently dragged into a car by masked men in the capital, Minsk. According to the opposition Coordination Council, Znak was scheduled to participate in a video conference that morning but did not show up.
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has demanded the immediate release of her political collaborator, Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested by the Belarusian authorities yesterday. Tikhanovskaya issued a statement Tuesday from exile in Lithuania.
Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has today implored the United Nations Security Council to employ the use of “all mechanisms,” including sanctions, to end the Lukashenko-led administration’s “violence” and “human rights violations.”
Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered to demonstrate against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, two weeks after he returned to power through a disputed election. Demonstrators gathered on Independence Square in the capital, Minsk, in defiance of government threats, continuing their protest of Lukashenko’s rule.
The Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya held her first press conference in Lithuania while in exile, on Saturday (August 22nd). Criticizing President Lukashenko, the Belarusian opposition leader stressed that his countrymen would “never” agree to compromise with the current government.
The joint opposition candidate in the Belarusian presidential elections said on Sunday that “the majority” of citizens support her. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stated that she does not believe in the exit polls that overwhelmingly give the incumbent, Alexander Lukashenko, an overwhelming victory.
For the 65-year-old Alexander Lukashenko, today’s presidential elections represent the toughest of challenges to his autocratic leadership and seem to indicate an obvious sign of wear and tear on his presidency. Lukashenko has been in power for a whopping 26 years.