Belarusian opposition calls for a general strike and mass demonstrations against Lukashenko

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Sharjah 24 – AFP:
The leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, urged the country, today, Sunday, to start a general strike, starting from tomorrow, Monday, at a time when, about a hundred thousand protesters took to the streets of Minsk, to protest against President Alexander Lukashenko.

The demonstration took place on the last day of the deadline set by the opposition for Lukashenko to resign, after months of protests, otherwise he will face a general strike.

Tikhanovskaya added on her channel in the application of “Telegram”, the system today once again showed the citizens of Belarus, that it only mastered violence, and she continued, tomorrow 26 October, a national strike will begin.

The police used sound bombs to disperse the demonstrators, and carried out a massive campaign of arrests, according to what opposition channels on Telegram reported, showing scenes of a large number of people fleeing police suppression.

The human rights organization, Vesna, reported that about 160 people were arrested during the evening.

Video recordings taken by people who were on the road and shared by local media earlier showed convoys of buses carrying security personnel to the city center, in addition to metal barriers.

Ten metro stations were closed in central Minsk, to prevent demonstrators from gathering, while the authorities imposed restrictions on the Internet for mobile phones.

This month, Tikhanovskaya gave Lukashenko two weeks to resign, stop the violence and release political prisoners, warning him of a general strike beginning Monday unless it takes place.

Some protesters chanted, “Strike” as they roamed the streets, while local media estimated the number of participants at at least 100,000.

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