President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko must yield to the will of the people. This statement was made by US First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan.
Riots in the republic began after August 9. Many citizens were dissatisfied with the fact that Alexander Lukashenko won the presidential elections. They took to the streets demanding his immediate resignation. In a number of cities, protests were brutally suppressed by the security forces.
According to the US authorities, such measures are unacceptable in modern society. Stephen Bigan asked Russia to send a signal to Belarus. President Vladimir Putin must convince his Belarusian counterpart to listen to the people and resign from his post.
The First Deputy Secretary of State expressed the hope that Russia will show the same concern about what is happening in the republic, like many European states. "I hope that Putin is raising the issue of the unfair detention of so many Belarusians," Bigan said.
According to the Central Election Commission, 80.01% of citizens voted for the current leader, Alexander Lukashenko. His main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was supported by 10.12% of the republic's residents. 4.59% of people voted against all candidates.
The president's opponents said the results were falsified. In mid-August, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced the formation of the Opposition Coordination Council, which included the most famous and authoritative citizens.