Tikhanovskaya demands from Lukashenka to announce his resignation by October 25
Belarus protesters demand President Lukashenko’s resignation
If this does not happen, a general strike should begin on October 26
The presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that the protesters against Alexander Lukashenko are announcing the so-called People’s ultimatum to him – with the deadline for fulfilling the requirements until October 25.
As stated in Tikhanovskaya’s telegram channel, before this date Lukashenko, officially proclaimed president following the August 9 elections, which his opponents do not recognize, must announce his resignation. Two more requirements – an end to violence against protesters and the release of all political prisoners.
If these requirements are not met, then, according to Tikhanovskaya, October 26 (Monday) "there will be a national strike of all businesses, blocking of all roads, a collapse in sales in state stores".
"You have 13 days to fulfill three conditions. We have 13 days to prepare", – writes Tikhanovskaya. She rejected government allegations "dialogue", naming their actions "state terror". She also reiterated her appeal to law enforcement officials "go to the side of the people".In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
- Protests against Lukashenka have been going on since August 9, when he was declared the winner of the presidential election. His main rival, Tikhanovskaya, is now abroad, where, according to her statements, she was forced to leave under pressure. EU countries did not recognize the legitimacy of Lukashenko’s victory, Tikhanovskaya – as leader of the opposition – met with a number of European leaders, calling on to support the protesters.
- In recent days, the authorities again began to violently disperse protests in Minsk and other cities. More than 400 people were detained in Belarus on Sunday, water cannons and other special equipment were used. On Monday, the Belarusian capital was dispersed "March of pensioners". Protesters in a number of districts of Minsk are trying to obstruct detentions, organizing "chains of solidarity", erecting barricades from improvised means.
- Lukashenko claims the West is behind the protests. He says he is preparing a constitutional reform. On Saturday, in a pre-trial detention center in Minsk, he met with a group of political prisoners, among whom were his prominent opponents and members of the opposition Coordination Council. In particular, the meeting was attended by former presidential candidate Viktor Babariko and Sergei Tikhanovsky – husband of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The details of the conversation are not known, however, most likely, it was about the constitutional reform. After him, two of the 12 participants in the meeting were released..