- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said to a crowd of protestors that there will be no new elections “until you kill me.”
- This statement was declared when Lukashenko visited the MKZT factory but his speech was interrupted by a crowd of raging people.
- His opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, addressed the Belarusians that she would act like a “national leader” and bring forth peace. Moreover, she would also allow for fresh vote to take place.
On Monday, Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko said that there will be no new elections “until you kill me,” according to the videos posted online by local news outlets.
This incident followed when Lukashenko visited the workers at the state-run MKZT factory. However, his declaration was interrupted by protestors, chanting for him to “Leave” and “Go away!” in unison. It is a very strong sign of the discontentment among the citizens after Lukashenko claimed victory in disputed elections earlier this month.
On Sunday, two hundred thousand people gathered at the centre of Minsk, demanding for the president to step down after his re-election.
During his visit to the MKZT factory, the embattled president initially struck a note of defiance.
“You talk about dishonest elections and want to hold new elections,” Lukashenko told the crowd. “My response to this — we held the elections and until you kill me, there won’t be any new elections.”
To which the crowd chanted, “Yes, yes without you” and a visibly enraged president walked off the stage. Lukashenko was later flown out of the factory grounds by a helicopter.
Independent thinkers have criticized the country’s August 9 election for not being fair or free. And much of the international community has expressed solidarity with widespread protests, piling pressure on Lukashenko to give in to calls for another vote. At home, the leader lost the support of state broadcasters — who aired shots of empty studios after staff walked out in protest.
One of the protestors who marched to the MKZT factory grounds said that the President of Belarus is Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Mrs Tikhanovskaya, who ran in opposition to Lukashenko and was forced to flee to Lithuania after the elections, released a video address earlier on Monday. She stated in the video that she was ready to be a national leader to the people of Belarus and bring forth peace.
“I am ready to assume the responsibility and act as a national leader in order for the country to calm down and enter the normal rhythm.” She also stated that she would hold a fresh vote and offered support for the swelling demonstrations and industrial action across the country.
She also urged the law enforcers to side with the protestors and assured them that the people will be ready to accept the repentant law officers.
In one of his many defiant speeches, Lukashenko told the displeased crowds that even if he were to die the next day, there were already people put to place to continue work.
“Even if you shoot me tomorrow there are already other people who are going to work.”
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