Long-time President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was booed by workers during a visit to a state-owned factory amid mounting anger over his controversial re-election. Workers were heard singing “leave” and the president, who has led Belarus for 26 years, was booed.
The president of the ex-Soviet state has insisted that he would not allow the elections to be repeated, even after alleging that there was electoral fraud.
On Monday, the strike action extended to state television, with staff leaving the station with an empty new desk and only playing hip-hop songs.
Ms. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition candidate, has suggested that she could act as an interim leader.
The current unrest across the country is due to the brutality of the police against supporters of the opposition as well as the alleged fraud in the recent elections on August 9th.
On Sunday, the capital Minsk saw a very large rally, which the local media dubbed the largest in history.
The Central Election Commission said the longtime president got 80.1% of the vote and his main opposition, Ms. Tikhanovskaya, got only 10.12%, which the opposition has not yet agreed to.
After injuring hundreds of demonstrators and two deaths in clashes in recent weeks, the opposition is calling for new strikes.
On Monday, when the president spoke to factory workers, he defended his controversial victory, saying that the elections have been held and even if he is killed there will be no more elections.
However, he also made it clear that he was ready to hold the referendum and constitutionally transfer authority, but not under pressure and through street protests.
While he was talking, the workers began to sing, leave and booed him off.
Last week, workers from state-owned factories walked in solidarity with the demonstrators marching on the streets.
Although internal pressures seem alarming, Mr. Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, remains defiant. Belarus has enjoyed good relations over the years with its neighbors like Russia, who have supplied them with energy.
The pressure comes not only from within but also internationally. Next Wednesday, the EU heads of state and government will publish a summary of the emergence video.
Last week, EU officials agreed to sanction Belarusian officials behind the violence, suppression and falsification of the elections that Ms. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claims could have won if counted correctly.
On Monday the UK said they did not support the results of a fraudulent election. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said the world has watched the violence used by the Belarusian authorities with horror.
Also on the same Monday, US President Donald Trump said his administration was closely following the dire situation in Belarus.
And from this growing external pressure, President Lukashenko has already asked for help, and Russian President Vladimir has promised to provide full assistance in the event of an external military threat.
Kremlin said the two men discussed the situation in Belarus on Sunday, taking into account the pressures placed on the public from outside.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.