US embassy in Belarus called on fellow citizens to stock up on food and money

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Americans in Belarus are advised to stock up on food and money, and to avoid mass events. Such a statement was made by the U.S. Embassy in Belarus on Saturday, October 24, against the background of “national ultimatum” announced by former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

“The embassy calls upon the U.S. citizens to avoid public demonstrations, to be aware of their surroundings and of the fact that meetings designed to be peaceful can quickly turn into confrontation and violence. In addition, these actions can cause disruption of public transport, traffic delays,” the report said.

Against this background, the embassy urged its citizens to provide themselves with “at least three days’ supply of food, water, medicine, money and other basic necessities in case of emergency”, as well as to carry an identity card, including a U.S. passport with a valid Belarusian visa or visa-free stamp.

On October 13 Tikhanovskaya delivered an ultimatum to the incumbent president of Byelorussia Alexander Lukashenko. Thus, in case if by October 25 the authorities of the country don’t fulfill a number of requirements including resignation of Lukashenko, the opposition intends to organize general strike at enterprises, block roads and urge its supporters not to buy goods in state stores.