Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has issued an ultimatum to President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko. Tichanovskaya demands that the president resigns before October 25.
Otherwise, there will be strikes across the country.
Tikhanovskaya gives the president 13 days to announce his resignation, stop the violence in the streets and release the political prisoners.
“If the demands are not met by October 25, the whole country will take to the streets peacefully,” the opposition leader wrote in a statement.
“On October 26, all businesses will go on strike, all roads will be blocked, and no state store will sell anything,” Tichanovskaya threatens. The ultimatum comes after President Lukashenko gave police permission on Monday to use weapons against protesters.
On Sunday, the police cracked down on protesters and arrested hundreds of participants. On Monday, 189 people were arrested during protests across the country.
In the Eastern European country, massive demonstrations have been going on for weeks by citizens who want to get rid of Lukashenko, who has been in power for a quarter of a century.
Opposition supporters believe election fraud was committed in August to keep the 66-year-old leader in power and see Tikhanovskaya as the rightful winner. She fled Belarus after the elections and now resides in Vilnius, Lithuania.