The protest has been going on all night. Factory workers, state-owned media workers have joined the strike. Lukashenko’s rival in the presidential election, Svetlana Sena, has called on the police to join him.
An emergency meeting of the European Union will be held on Wednesday to discuss the imposition of sanctions against Belarus. Against Ukraine and Lithuania. In this situation, Lukashenko changed his mind and hinted at re-election.
At first he said, do not vote in any way. He will have to be killed before he can run for president again. But a few hours later, Lukashenko said, “We have to introduce a new constitution. We have to arrange a referendum there. Then there will be elections at the presidential, parliamentary and local levels if you want.
Lukashenko has spoken out against the re-election. According to some experts, he has moved away from his previous position. But it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Protests by ordinary people continue. They have been protesting for nine days. There are protests every night. At 7 pm on Monday, 5,000 people gathered in the capital, Minsk, to protest.
Many are walking several kilometers in front of the infamous jail to protest.
Workers are on strike at the factory, leaving Lukashenko in a quandary. Many government television workers have either stopped working or resigned.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had spoken to Lukashenko on the phone. But a German government spokesman said no such talks had taken place between Merkel and Lukashenko since the Belarussian election. EU leaders will hold an emergency meeting on Belarus on Wednesday.
Ukraine has summoned its ambassador from Belarus. Lithuania has announced that if anyone from Belarus wants to seek asylum in their country for humanitarian reasons, they will do so. Opposition leader Svetlana is there. All in all, Lukashenko is under a lot of pressure.