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Belarus: Protesters march in Minsk as opposition’s strike action begins01:02

Belarus: Protesters march in Minsk as opposition’s strike action begins

Belarus, Minsk
October 26, 2020 at 15:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people took part in a “march of pensioners and doctors” in Minsk on Monday after a nationwide strike called by exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya began in the country.

Columns of protesters marched through Independence Avenue towards October Square in the city centre, carrying former white-red-white flags of Belarus, ribbons, balloons, flowers, and posters while chanting “leave.”

Earlier, Tikhanovskaya said in a statement that workers, teachers, and students had joined the strike after the opposition’s deadline for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down expired at midnight.

Tikhanovskaya delivered the “people's ultimatum” to Lukashenko on October 13 and gave him 13 days to respond.

According to local media reports, protests were taking place in other cities of the country as well.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election that saw long-time leader Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.

Belarus: Protesters march in Minsk as opposition’s strike action begins01:02
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Thousands of people took part in a “march of pensioners and doctors” in Minsk on Monday after a nationwide strike called by exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya began in the country.

Columns of protesters marched through Independence Avenue towards October Square in the city centre, carrying former white-red-white flags of Belarus, ribbons, balloons, flowers, and posters while chanting “leave.”

Earlier, Tikhanovskaya said in a statement that workers, teachers, and students had joined the strike after the opposition’s deadline for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down expired at midnight.

Tikhanovskaya delivered the “people's ultimatum” to Lukashenko on October 13 and gave him 13 days to respond.

According to local media reports, protests were taking place in other cities of the country as well.

Belarus has been swept by anti-government protests following the disputed presidential election that saw long-time leader Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.

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