In Belarus, the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko protests demanding a resignation are not coming to an end. On Friday, protesters gathered at several universities to show support for the expelled students. Many students have received entry passes for their studies after participating in the demonstrations.
Lukashenko sent a loud message to the protesters on television on Friday.
– If someone concerns a conscript, he must leave at least without his hands, Lukashenko said in a televised meeting.
Teachers at the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio Electronics marched out of their workplaces after student resignations. They received applause from hundreds of people who had gathered outside the university.
Exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tsihanouskaja has actively encouraged Belarusians to fight against the country’s government. Tsihanouskaya declared a general strike in the country last Monday.
– Support students and teachers. Remind those in power that we will not allow the future of our country to be destroyed, Tsihanouskaya said in a statement.
According to the strike leaders, dozens of factory workers have been laid off after they took part in the strike. Authorities have also closed several cafes and restaurants following their subsidized strike.
Lukashenko has responded to protests and strikes by partially closing the country’s borders. In addition, he put the interior minister on hand and on Thursday appointed three new security chiefs for new positions to strengthen his grip.
Lukashenko’s security forces have captured more than 16,000 people in protest. Events in Belarus have led Abroad to devise new sanctions against the country.