Thousands of students and retirees marched on the streets of Minsk on Monday in response to a call for a general opposition strike in an attempt to oust Lukashenko, whose re-election on August 9 is being challenged.
Employees of public enterprises in the transport, mining, teachers and students sectors went on strike on Monday, according to the opposition.
This action takes place following the expiration of the last date given by the opposition to Lukashenko to relinquish the term of office obtained, according to the contestants, fraudulently.
“No one will work for the regime,” Lukashenko said Minsk opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
This statement was made after a new large-scale demonstration in Minsk. About 100,000 people took to the streets in the Belarusian capital on Sunday to demand Lukashenko’s resignation.
The 66-year-old, of whom 26 spent leading Belarus, is the so-called “last dictator of Europe” and clings to the presidential seat with the support of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
After initially seeking to overthrow him, Putin finally chose to announce his support for Lukashenko and present it in a new framework of anti-Western rhetoric.
Encouraged by Putin, who also promised armed support, Lukashenko retaliated, with brutal arrests, kidnappings of protesters, intimidation of opponents and torture in prisons, according to international human rights organizations based on local testimonies. .