Oct 26, 2020

Belarus protests: National opposition strike gains momentum

Groups of workers and students in Belarus have heeded a nationwide strike call by exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, to press for the president's resignation. Hundreds of students also marched out of several universities in Minsk clapping, chanting and linking arms. President Alexander Lukashenko ignored the opposition's midnight deadline for him to step down. On Monday, at least 155 people were arrested for supporting the strike action in Minsk, Barysaw, Brest, Hrodno, Mogilev and Novopolotsk, Human rights group Vesna reports. Demonstrators gathered in the streets of Minsk and other cities across Belarus, many waving the opposition's red and white flags and chanting "Strike" as they marched.

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