Sviatlana Tshanouskaia, who fled to neighboring Lithuania immediately after the disputed August 9th presidential election, met with European political leaders and urged Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to step down.
It was also automatically placed on the list of people wanted by Russia, in the context in which the two countries are part of a regional bloc, says the Russian Interior Ministry.
On Tuesday, Sviatlana Tshanouskaya issued an ultimatum to Alexander Lukashenko, urging the Minsk leader to step down by October 25 at the latest.
“If our demands are not met by October 25, the whole country will take to the streets peacefully and on October 26 all businesses will be on strike, roads will be blocked, while state-owned stores will not sell anything,” he warned. Tihanouskaia, quoted in a statement.
The August 9 elections were followed by large-scale anti-Lukashenko demonstrations, which is under pressure to acknowledge election fraud and hold a new vote.
Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, claims that the August 9 vote took place correctly and refuses to comply with the protesters’ demands. Moreover, he indulges in repression with brutal arrests, torture and intimidation.
On Monday, after a new wave of arrests among protesters, Belarusian police were allowed to use lethal weapons during demonstrations in case of need.