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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Lukashenko Threatens Striking Belarusians

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko declared that his opponents had “crossed a red line” after Belarusians have answered the opposition’s call for a nationwide strike and has started filing criminal charges against those who participated.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko declared that his opponents had “crossed a red line” after Belarusians have answered the opposition’s call for a nationwide strike and has started filing criminal charges against those who participated. 

According to Lukashenko,  Belarus is currently facing “terrorist threats” from protestors after the opposition demanded his resignation and launched strike action.

“Don’t try to persuade anyone — not workers, not students, doctors, teachers, or government officials … Let them decide now where and how they want to live,” said Lukashenko.

Andrey Serbun, deputy head of the Belarusian Prosecutor General`s Office said that 500 criminal cases have been opened in Belarus over riots mostly centered in Minsk. 

“In the past few months, we have seen an increase in the number of criminal cases related to the organization of mass riots and active participation in them. More than 500 such criminal cases have already been initiated,” said Serbun. 

According to a report from the Independent, cardiology specialists were reportedly dragged from protests outside their hospitals and forced to postpone planned operations for their alleged participation in the protests. 

Lukashenko also threatened to conscript any students who will take part in protests.  

Last Monday, workers at some state factories went on strike while students from various universities conducted demonstrations. 

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