Lukashenko orders sanctions targeting students, professors taking part in mass rallies.


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Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to slap sanctions on university students and professors who have been taking part in strikes and protest rallies across country.

Lukashenko also urged the authorities "not to persuade anyone – workers, students, medics, teachers, and civil servants," the official BelTA news agency reported on October 27.

"If workers don't want to work – they don't have to. But there are those who don't want [to go on strike]. As for students: [If you] come to study, then study. Whoever wants, let them study. Whoever violates the law on unauthorized rallies shall be deprived of their right to be a student. Please draft some, as I said, to the army, while just kicking some out to the streets. Let them walk those streets. But they must be expelled from the university. The same refers to faculty - those few of them who act disgracefully in universities," he said.

Lukashenko added that Belarus "is facing terrorist threats."

Elections and protests in Belarus: Background

On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus. According to the CEC's official data, 80.1% of voters backed Alexander Lukashenko, and 10.1% – his main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Following the announcement of the election outcome, protests swept across the country. Security officials have been detaining and using force against protesters, opening politically charged cases against opposition figures. Hundreds have been injured, with a few lethal incidents reported.

The European Union has not recognized election results and decided to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials responsible for rigging the vote and violently cracking down on protesters.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a statement on Belarus. The MPs branded the elections unfair, condemned repression, and supported EU sanctions against Belarusian officials.

Lukashenko on September 23 secretly sworn in a ceremony held behind closed doors in Minsk.

Large-scale rallies are held against Lukashenko in Minsk every weekend.

On October 25, the crackdown on protests was especially cruel, with hundreds being detained.

Belarusian workers started a nationwide strike on Monday, October 26.

Author: UNIAN

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