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Belarus: new demonstration against Alexander Lukashenko, targeted by an ultimatum from the opposition

A new demonstration against the power took place on Sunday, October 25, in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. The opposition, led by leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, this month issued an ultimatum, demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko before Monday. If he refuses, the opposition promises to call for a general strike. The protest movement continues in Belarus. In Minsk, the Belarusian capital, a new demonstration was held against President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday, October 25. This is the last day of an ultimatum set by the opposition for Alexander Lukashenko to step down, otherwise it will call for a general strike. An ultimatum on the initiative of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya The Belarusian opposition demands the departure of Alexander Lukashenko, 66, in power since 1994, since the presidential election deemed fraudulent on August 9, 2020. The protest movement has since been under constant pressure from authorities, which resulted in the detention or exile abroad of all of its main figures. Belarusian opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, 38, this month issued an ultimatum to Alexander Lukashenko, giving him until Sunday to step down, otherwise she will call for a monster demonstration and strike In her ultimatum set for October 25, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who had to flee the country after the August elections, also called for an end to police pressure and the release of all “political prisoners”. >> See also on France 24: THE WORLD IN ALL ITS STATES – Belarus: the dictatorship falters The opposition claimed that the ballot had been distorted by fraud and Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa claimed victory in the election. From Lithuania where she took refuge, and with the support of several Western leaders, she called for new elections. During a visit to Copenhagen on Friday, where she met Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, she called for a new ballot “as soon as possible”. In a statement, she then indicated that a date should be set by the end of the year. >> To see again on France 24: THE INTERVIEW – Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, head of the Belarusian opposition: “We want a new country “” I know a lot of people are afraid of losing their jobs, “she told hooly News of the strike call. “We do not organize strikes, it is the people who decide for themselves whether they are ready or not.” In previous strikes, especially in state-owned enterprises, strikers have come under significant pressure. Telegram channel NEXTA Live, which is partly coordinating the protest, has appealed to its 2 million subscribers to gather in the center of Minsk for “the last day of the people’s ultimatum”. Poland-based NEXTA was placed this week by Belarusian justice on the list of “extremist” resources. After carrying out a brutal crackdown in the days following the election, authorities this month threatened to shoot with live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators “if necessary”. But tens of thousands of protesters continued to gather across the country despite everything, and the traditional women’s march against power gathered several hundred in Minsk on Saturday, with the NGO Vesna reporting several arrests. The opposition weakened but supported by the European Union All Belarusian opposition figures are now detained or in exile abroad. Since the start of the protest, the crackdown has left at least three people dead and dozens injured. The European Parliament this week awarded the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights to the “democratic opposition” in Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko has shown him no intention of complying with the demands of his detractors, on the contrary; while he enjoys the support of Moscow, he is under threat of sanctions from the EU, which has rejected the results of the August 9 election and has already sanctioned 40 regime officials, including the Minister of the Interior and his deputy. >> Read also on France 24: The Sakharov Prize for Human Rights awarded to Belarusian opposition On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Alexander Lukashenko to release an American political adviser arrested in Belarus before the election and charged by Belarusian authorities with organizing actions violating the public order with hooly News