Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stated that some of the most active workers who demanded domestic companies to strike have received foreign funding. Earlier, the Belarusian opposition announced a nationwide strike on October 26 to demand Lukashenko’s resignation.
Russian Satellite News Agency reported on the 28th that Lukashenko pointed out in his speech at the meeting on the 27th that “No one should be persuaded.
If workers do not want to go to work, they will not go, but only a few people do not want to work. We know that this 10 to 12 people are the core figures. They entered the factory and got the money. They have been getting funds from Poland and Lithuania. As you know, money flows in from open and secret channels, and we cannot fully monitor it.” “Belarus 1” The TV station rebroadcast part of the meeting.
After Belarus’s presidential elections ended on August 9, large-scale protests broke out in the country that day. According to data from the Central Election Commission of Belarus, the current President Lukashenko was elected for the sixth time with an 80.1% vote.
The Belarusian opposition believes that it was Tikhanovskaya who won the presidential election. In the first few days of the protests, the Belarusian police used tear gas, water cannons, shock bombs and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.
According to official data, more than 6,700 people were detained in the first few days of the protest. According to the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs, hundreds of people, including 130 law enforcement officers, were injured in the riots. The Belarusian government officially confirmed the death of three protesters, and the protests continued on a larger scale over the weekend.
At the same time, Lukashenko’s supporters also held events to show their support, and Lukashenko was sworn in on September 23.
Recently, Belarusian law enforcement agencies stated that the protests across the country tend to be radicalized. The ultimatum previously issued by Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to the Belarusian government expired on October 25.
Tikhanovskaya announced that a nationwide strike will begin on October 26, and the requirements for ending the strike include: Lukashenko’s resignation, the release of all personnel considered by the opposition to be political prisoners, and law enforcement agency personnel to stop fighting The protesters used “street violence”.
Facing the wave of strikes, the Belarusian government announced that the current state entity enterprises are operating normally.