CNA channelnewsasia.com 18 Oct, 2020 03:45 am

Belarusians prepare to march despite police threat to open fire

Belarusians prepare to march despite police threat to open fire
MINSK: Belarusian protesters are due to stage a new march on Sunday (Oct 18) against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in defiance of authorities' ...

The new demonstration in the capital Minsk is set to take place after Tikhanovskaya, who was granted shelter in EU member Lithuania, said Lukashenko must quit power before Oct 25, warning he would otherwise face a crippling general strike.Tikhanovskaya, who maintains she was the true winner of the August polls, also said Lukashenko must release political prisoners and halt the "state terror" unleashed by authorities against peaceful protesters.Diplomats said Lukashenko's name would be added to a list of 40 Belarusian officials already sanctioned by the EU.MINSK: Belarusian protesters are due to stage a new march on Sunday (Oct 18) against strongman Alexander Lukashenko in defiance of authorities' threat to open fire in an increasingly dangerous standoff between the opposition and the regime.

" Nexta appeared to draw historic parallels, comparing Lukashenko to an "occupier" and Belarusian protesters to "partisans".5 million has been gripped by historic protests after Lukashenko claimed victory in Aug 9 elections over Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a 38-year-old popular opposition candidate.

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