Opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya called on workers of large enterprises in Belarus to continue and expand strikes. She stated this in a new video message.
“The future of Belarus, and therefore the future of our children, now depends on your unity and your determination. Therefore, I ask you to continue and expand the strikes. Do not be fooled by intimidation. Unite!,” Tsikhanouskaya wrote.
Tsikhanouskaya noted that strikes are an absolutely legal and powerful weapon against the regime. According to her, the goals of the strikes are simple - to end the violence, to secure the release of political prisoners and to hold transparent, free and fair elections.
As we reported before, the U.S. government is concerned about the rigged presidential election in Belarus. The White House also urged the Belarusian authorities to let all detained protesters go.
"We remain deeply concerned by serious flaws in the August 9 presidential election in Belarus and strongly condemn the violence carried out against peaceful protesters and journalists, the arrest of opposition candidates and peaceful protesters, the blockage of Belarus’ internet service, and the abuse of detainees. We call for the immediate release of those unjustly detained, and an accounting for those reported missing", reads the statement.