Tsikhanouskaya Urged Belarusians to Continue and Expand Strikes

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Alexander Lukashenko's rival in the presidential elections in Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, wrote down a new appeal urging workers of Belarusian enterprises to continue and expand strikes in order to "make the authorities hear our votes that they stole from us." “The strikes squeezed the dictatorship into the corner, wounded it in the very heart. Therefore, now they are trying to divide and embroil you by all means. After all, if we are all together, this regime will not have a single chance,” Tsikhanouskaya said. She is convinced that strikes are "an absolutely legal and powerful weapon against the regime." "Continue and expand strikes, do not get fooled by intimidation, unite. Leave your fear to the dictatorship, remember, you are not alone. The whole Belarus is with you," Tsikhanouskaya said. She also noted that millions have been transferred to the support fund, which receives donations to help those who were left without work due to production downtime. "Our goals are simple: to end violence, free political prisoners and hold new, transparent, free and fair elections. Together we are a force. A force that no dictatorship can withstand. And remember: only together we can build a country for life," said Lukashenko's rival in the August 9 presidential elections in Belarus Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya. A political crisis erupted in Belarus after the opposition and its supporters, alike many other citizens refused to accept the official, according to the CEC, results of the presidential elections showing that Lukashenko won. Tens of thousands of citizens of Belarus came out to protests demanding Alexander Lukashenko’s resignation, political prisoners and those arrested during the protests releasing. Dozens of enterprises, including key ones, went on strikes.