Strike called in Belarus to ask for removal of Lukashenko

On October 27, factory workers, students and business owners in Belarus went on a general strike demanding the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko. Several divisions of large plants in Minsk said they were halting work, and employees of two plants in the western city of Grodno gathered in front of buildings there.The authorities responded by detaining protesters in the streets and outside factories, threatening workers with jail or being fired if they went on strike, said Alexander Yaroshuk, leader of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Unions, an association of independent labor unions. 

Belarus has been in the midst of a political crisis following accusations of vote rigging in the Presidential elections held on 9 August, which incumbent authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed he won with a vast majority, triggering massive popular protests and general strikes.  

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