Belarus’ galvanised political opposition on Friday called on women throughout the world to march this weekend against disputed President Alexander Lukashenko.
“Women in different parts of the world are marching en masse in support of courageous Belarusians,” the team of exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in a statement.
The main march will be in Belarus’ capital, Minsk, on Saturday, with women encouraged to distribute flowers in a show of solidarity against political repression, the statement said.
There have been mass protests in Belarus every weekend since the disputed presidential election on Aug. 9, from which Lukashenko claimed his sixth consecutive term.
Lukashenko, 66, has led Belarus, a former Soviet republic between Russia and EU member state Poland, for more than a quarter of a century, tolerating little dissent.
Opposition supporters allege that last month’s election was rigged and that Tikhanovskaya, 38, was the actual winner.
The EU has described the election as “neither free nor fair” and refused to recognize Lukashenko as president.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)