Protests continued in Belarus on Monday day as 5,000 opposition supporters rallied in funds Minsk telling president Alexander Lukashenko to”go away” after a contentious election in which he won about 80 percent of the vote and secured the sixth semester.
The vote was followed by the days of protests and violence, with two deaths and tens of thousands of detentions throughout the nation.
Protesters and global observers are questioning the fairness of this election, amid arrests and detentions of opposition figures and alleged absence of impartial scrutiny within the electoral procedure.
EU Council president Charles Michel declared a crisis summit for Wednesday about the present position in the eastern European nation, announcing that the election was”neither free nor fair.”
“The EU has begun to work on sanctions”, he added.
Britain also stated it didn’t take the outcome of the election while US President Donald Trump stated the situation in Belarus had been”dreadful” and that he had been observing it closely.
President Lukashenko was likewise jeered and heckled by employees during a factory visit in Minsk on Monday which was meant to shore up support.
Thousands of workers have gone on strike at state-run businesses, such as the Minsk Tractor Plant along with the state broadcaster BT, several marching down the streets of their capital.
Government officials had spent the weekend trying to convince state workers to not abandon their articles.
There have been nine consecutive days of protests in Belarus because Lukashenko was announced the winner of the August 9 presidential elections.
As many as 200,000 people were estimated to have attended resistance rallies on Sunday, prompting the European Union to announce that it”stands by” the people of Belarus within their needs for change.
Meanwhile, the Belarusian opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has offered herself as an interim leader for the nation – after voluntarily leaving for Lithuania after the vote, saying she feared for her children’s safety
Tsikhanouskaya, who according to official results obtained only 10 percent,” said in a movie published on Monday: “I am prepared to assume my duties and behave like a national leader.”
She added that she didn’t”want to be a politician” but “destiny decreed I would be on the front in the surface of arbitrariness and injustice.”
Employees were filmed looking to walk out on Monday
Strikes could undermine Lukashenko’s position
Employees in the mill visited by Lukashenko chanted”go off” and booed him as he attempted to tackle them Monday.
“A number of you may have the impression that the authorities no longer exists, it has tumbled down. The authorities won’t ever collapse, you understand me well,” that the 65-year-old former country farm manager shouted in them.
“There will not be any new election till you kill me”
However, he also seemed to indicate he was receptive to leaving the presidency and handing over power if constitutional reforms were accepted in a referendum.
But he didn’t define exactly what the reforms could involve.
Struggling to file criminal charges for police violence
Maria Kolesnikova, the final remaining resistance figure left Minsk, said the security forces have to be held accountable for its brutal mistreatment of both demonstrators and offenders.
She stated about 4,000 people remain in custody.
The precise cause of death for both men is uncertain. Local press reports imply around 80 people are still lacking.
Over 2,000 prisoners were published on Friday, a lot of whom had acute accidents such as bruises, bloody welts on their backs, lacerations on the mind and burns off from stun grenades.
Human rights organization Amnesty International also said it found signs of torture.
The police denied allegations of ill-treatment, despite plenty of video and photo evidence.
“We won’t rest until the recent ruler’s step and Belarus becomes a free nation,” Kolesnikova said. “26 decades of nightmare need to end.”