Belarus has been accused of launching a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants as revenge for previous sanctions. Minsk termed fresh sanctions "absurd".
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.
Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya and French President Emmanuel Macron discuss free and fair elections for Belarus after the contested August 9 polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term.
Belarusian security forces detained dozens of protesters as crowds rallied in central Minsk accusing President Lukashenko of rigging last month's election.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a former teacher and political novice, says it was her choice to leave amid speculation that she may have been acting under duress.
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