After he was interrupted and heckled by factory workers following 26 years of iron rule, authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko has warned residents they will have to kill him for Belarus to have another voting.
Mr. Lukashenko hovered by helicopter to a Minsk factory to march assistance, as attacking employees encouraged. It escalated mass protests over the apparently manipulated results of the presidential election on 9 August.
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As expelled rival contestant Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya proffered to run the country, he was greeted by angry workers. Who hooted and chanted for him to go away and step down.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya informed workers at the large state-run plant, ‘I will never surrender into pressure’. The likes of which are the satisfaction of his Soviet-style financial template and core backing support.
The 65-year-old former state-owned farm manager yelled, ‘Some of you might have got the idea that the administration no longer exists. And that it has plunged down. The administration will never fall, you know me well. There will be no new balloting until you murder me.’
But Mr. Lukashenko’s defiance seemed to fade. Lukashenko said, in statements cited by the official Belta news bureau, ‘We will put the amendments to a ballot. And I will hand over my legal rights. But, not beneath tension or because of the street’.
Mr. Raab said, ‘The world has observed with disgust at the bloodshed used by the Belarusian agencies to destroy the peaceful protests that followed this false presidential election’.
He added, ‘The UK does not recognize the findings. We immediately require an impartial inquiry through the OSCE into the shortcomings that made the election unjust. As well as the horrific suppression that followed’.
Abandoning a former English teacher to replace her husband, a detained rival blogger, as the challenger nominee, election representatives expelled Mr. Lukashenko’s two main challengers from the voting.
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Mr. Lukashenko had won 80 percent of the vote and Ms. Tsikhanouskaya just 10 percent, said the country’s Central Election Commission. But this was strongly opposed, with the challenger saying Ms. Tsikhanouskaya had won by 60 to 70 percent in various areas.
The 37-year-old has survived to join the disjointed challenger in Belarus despite departing for neighboring Lithuania two days later. She claimed tension from law execution and has said she is ready to act as an acting leader.
A rival rally is thought to have drawn 200,000 people, on Sunday, the largest in the country’s history.
The attacks pursue peaceful post-election rallies met with a ferocious police attack with rubber shells, tear smoke, clubs, and shock grenades. And at least 7,000 people were detained, with many complaining they were beaten mercilessly.
Hundreds were mutilated and activist Alexander Taraikovsky was assassinated after enduring a bullet injury to the torso, his companion stated.
The administration sanctioned large-scale rallies at the weekend after such cruelties triggered extensive rage.