Opposition leader Tichanovskaya has had enough violence on the streets of Belarus. She calls on the controversial ruler Lukashenko to resign – in 13 days at the latest. Tichanovskaya gives Lukashenko an ultimatum.
Tichanovskaya gives Lukashenko an ultimatum
After weeks of protests, civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanovskaya has had enough of the controversial ruler in Belarus. In a message on her Telegram channel, she gave Alexander Lukashenko an ultimatum. The ruler should resign by October 25th.
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“The regime has 13 days to meet three mandatory requirements: 1. Lukashenko must announce his resignation. 2. The violence in the streets must cease completely. 3. All political prisoners must be released,” Tichanovskaya wrote in her message.
“You have 13 days to meet three conditions”
If their demands are not met by October 25, the whole country will come together in a major general strike. On October 26th there will be “a nationwide strike of all businesses, the blockade of all roads, the collapse of sales in state shops.” Tichanovskaya concluded by saying, “You have 13 days to meet three conditions.”
For weeks, people have regularly taken to the streets against the ruler Lukashenko – their protests are repeatedly violently suppressed. More than 700 demonstrators were arrested last weekend, the Interior Ministry announced. Only a few were released. The Ministry of the Interior also tightened its tone against the demonstrators: it threatens them with the use of firearms.
On Monday, senior citizens took part in the protests against Lukashenko for the first time. The pensioners had so far held back. Uniformed men use cartridges and tear gas, and according to the Interior Ministry, 186 people were arrested across the country. The ministry said on Tuesday that the people were arrested for participating in unauthorized mass events and for other violations.
In view of the action taken against the elderly, civil rights activist Svetlana Tichanovskaya spoke of a new low. “This is an act of violence against those who for many years were considered the most loyal voters,” said the 38-year-old. It is obvious that the “regime” is only protecting itself.
After the controversial presidential election on August 9, Lukashenko had allegedly received 80.1 percent of the vote for a sixth term. The EU does not recognize the election result. The opposition sees Tichanovskaya as the real winner of the vote. The Belarusian opposition leader is now on Russia’s wanted list. Last week she met with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, among others, and asked her for help.