Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Mass protests continued in Belarus, as the opposition threatened a nationwide strike by workers if President Alexander Lukashenko refused to resign.

Sunday (Oct 25), was the last day of the ultimatum by the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Lukashenko, accused by the opposition of rigging the August elections, has ignored the ultimatum, and state police crushed down on the latest of a series of opposition protests on Sunday. On Monday  workers and students took to the streets and police made detentions, local TV reported.

Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years and is often described as "Europe's last dictator".

Around 15,000 people have  been arrested during a crackdown on mass demonstrations. Nearly all opposition leaders fled the country or were jailed. The opposition figure Tikhanovskaya, who claims to have won the August 9 election also fled Belarus and now resides in EU member Lithuania.

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