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Belarus Opposition Leader Re-Emerges to Back General Strike

  • Tikhanovskaya appears in new video urging supporters to gather
  • Police began to release people from detention overnight
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Exiled Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya emerged in a new video Friday to back calls for a general strike against the rule of Alexander Lukashenko, insisting that she had won Sunday’s presidential election.

“The situation is critical,” said Tikhanovskaya, urging mayors of all Belarusian towns and cities to call demonstrations with citizens on Saturday and Sunday to back the victory she said she won in the vote. “Let’s together defend our choice.”