Belarus | Week 12 of protests (26 October – 1 November)

National strike

2 November 2020 | BYHelp-Mediagroup
Source: Voice of Belarus. Cover photo: TUT.BY

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After Alexander Lukashenko did not fulfil the requirements of the ultimatum delivered by the leader of the Belarusian protests, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a national strike began in the country. On 26 October, employees of many companies, including the industrial giants Hrodna Azot, Belaruskali and others, as well as hundreds of small companies, partially or completely stopped their work. The actions of students, pensioners, IT workers became more widespread. Every day, more people join the strike.

And at the same time, the regime once again showed its bloodthirstiness: Lukashenko said that all the students who went on strike should be expelled, and the teachers lost their jobs – a wave of layoffs began in the country: dozens of catering establishments and small companies that joined the strike were closed.

On the day of the March Against Terror, which was heading to the Kurapaty memorial complex – a landmark for many Belarusians where the elites of the Belarusian nation were executed in the 1930s, the security forces, with particular cynicism, used guns with rubber bullets and stun grenades – in the very place where mass executions were carried out 70 years ago. And on a field near a forest, Lukashenko’s hit squads staged a real safari on peaceful protesters, chasing them in minibuses and firing guns from windows.

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