According to her, the goal of the nationwide strike, which began on Monday, October 26, is to show the current government that no one will work for it anymore.
“The deadline for fulfilling the requirements of the ultimatum expired yesterday. Today a popular strike begins - this is our next step towards freedom, an end to violence in the streets and new, fair elections, ”her press service quotes the words from Tikhonovskaya's address.
According to her, employees of state enterprises are already refusing to go to work. Students have been on strike since morning. Tikhanovskaya also called on private companies, religious organizations, as well as cultural figures and athletes to join the strike. “The strike of state-owned enterprises is a lever of economic pressure, and the strike of all private companies is a manifestation of solidarity, which is no less important. It is important for those who today decided to go on strike to see that they are not the only ones in their decision, ”added Tikhanovskaya.
Tikhanovskaya delivered an ultimatum to President Lukashenko two weeks ago . According to him, Lukashenka must give up power and release all political prisoners. Otherwise, Tikhanovskaya called on to go on a national strike on Monday. Political analysts assess the effectiveness of the opposition ultimatum differently: network analyst Anatoly Nesmiyan believes that Tikhanovskaya does not have the resources to implement her threats, political analyst Alexander Ivakhnik believes that a nationwide strike will take place. Since Monday morning, workers have been on strike at Grodno Azot, the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant, and the Minsk Tractor Plant. More than a hundred private companies have also joined the nationwide strike, ranging from small shops that have closed “for inventory and sanitization,” to large companies, the Country for Life Telegram channel writes .