Today at a meeting dedicated to the preparation of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, Lukashenko spoke about strikes. In fact, this was his first public reaction to the ultimatum put forward by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, one of the presidential candidates who was expelled from the country immediately after the elections.
According to Lukashenka, protest-minded workers, students, doctors, teachers and civil servants should not be persuaded. “If the workers don’t want to work, let them. Students come to study? Let them learn. But whoever went out in violation of the law for an unauthorized action, he loses the right to be a student. Send them to the army or the street – let them walk the streets. But they must be expelled from the university,” Lukashenko added.
He proposed the same scheme for teachers “who behave disgustingly in universities.” He is sure that the organizers of the protests in Belarus have already passed 7-8 stages according to the color revolution guidelines. “There is very little left. The next stage is radicalization. It is happening,” Lukashenko said and urged parents “to remove children from the streets to prevent further pain”.
Students’ protests continued today in universities and colleges of Minsk. Many teachers speak out in support of their students, many go on strike, for which they are subjected to pressure from the heads of institutions. Meanwhile, the administration of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts hastened to obey Lukashenko’s statements. In the evening, a photo of the order for the expulsion of three students appeared on Telegram channels. At least one of them is expelled for participating in the action. Another two were officially reprimanded.
Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko also spoke about calls for a strike. “These are direct calls to harm your own country and the people who live and work in this country. After all, the call to stop enterprises is nothing more than clearing a place for our competitors,” he said.
The demands of employees of large enterprises, which were put forward back in August, were not met. Among them are the resignation of Lukashenko, the holding of new elections, the resignation of the entire Central Elections Committee, Interior Minister, and Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions.
Today, striking workers in large factories face pressure from their management. Some of them have already been informed of their dismissal.