There are only three conditions.
One of the leaders of the opposition in Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, announced a “People’s Ultimatum” to the regime of the self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
She stated that the regime must fulfill the demands of the opposition within 13 days.
“Two months of political crisis, violence, and lawlessness have passed – and we’ve had enough. On October 25, we announce the People’s Ultimatum, ” Tsikhanouskaya said in a statement released via her Telegram channel on Tuesday.
There are only three requirements:
- Lukashenka must announce his resignation.
- Street violence must stop completely.
- All political prisoners must be released.
“We have said many times that we are ready for dialogue and negotiations. But talking behind bars is not a dialogue. Beating up your people after declaring their readiness to negotiate is not a dialogue. Lukashenka is killing his future and is trying to drag down officials, security officials, and the entire Belarusian people. But we will not allow this,” she added.
Tsikhanouskaya said that if the demands are not met by October 25, “the whole country will peacefully take to the streets with the People’s Ultimatum” and “on October 26, a national strike of all enterprises will begin, all roads will be blocked, and sales in state stores will collapse.”
“You are trying to paralyze the life of our country, not realizing that Belarus is stronger than the regime. Since you were waiting for an order, then here is an order. And the deadline for its execution is until October 25, ”she summed up.
Protests in Belarus have been going on for over two months. During this time, thousands of people were detained and beaten by the security forces, at least five protesters were killed. Dozens disappeared without a trace.
On September 23, at the “inauguration” ceremony, the Belarusian dictator took the oath of the “president” of Belarus, to whom he declared himself with the help of the Central Election Commission controlled by the Central Election Commission. Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union refused to recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus and imposed sanctions against officials of his regime.
Only the leaders of the Russian Federation, China, Moldova, and Armenia congratulated Alexander Lukashenko on his victory.
According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, Kiev “paused” contacts with Minsk.
The Verkhovna Rada recognized the elections in Belarus as rigged and supported the imposition of sanctions on the officials of the Lukashenka regime.