Belarusian students, factory workers and pensioners answered a call by exiled opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to launch a nationwide strike this week — a fresh move to force Lukashenko to hold new elections after months of mass protests.
Belarus' Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says a national strike will begin Monday after President Alexander Lukashenko's government responded with force to protests against him.
The United States is monitoring the "terrible situation" unfolding in Belarus, calls on Russia to "respect Belarus’ sovereignty".
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