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Belarus opposition leader says supporters launching strike

Lukashenko ignored the ultimatum

26 October, 11:10
(ANSA-AFP) - MINSK, 26 OTT - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said Monday supporters were beginning a nationwide strike after her deadline expired for strongman Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Streets in the capital Minsk were largely deserted on Monday morning, though all major stores and pharmacies were open, an AFP reporter said. Tikhanovskaya had given Lukashenko until Sunday to quit power, halt violence against protesters and release political prisoners, warning he would otherwise face a general strike from Monday. The 66-year-old Lukashenko, who the opposition accuses of stealing August polls, ignored the ultimatum and police cracked down on the latest of a series of opposition protests on Sunday.


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