President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is facing mounting pressure as Belarus braces for massive weekend protests calling for an end to his 26-year rule following rigged elections and a brutal crackdown.
Opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called for peaceful rallies on August 15 and 16, after she was forced to leave the country for Lithuania after disputing Lukashenka's claim to a landslide victory.
'Belarusians will never want to live with the previous government again. The majority do not believe in his victory,' she said in a video on August 14.
'Defend our choice,' she said, urging her supporters to continue ongoing protests into the weekend.
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