Workers rallied outside the Azot plant in Grodno, Belarus, on August 19, to express their desire to go on strike, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
Azot is a state-owned manufacturer of nitrogen compounds and fertilizers.
This clip from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shows workers standing outside the Azot plant cheering and clapping. Reports said that Grodno residents came to support the workers, with approximately 1,000 people in attendance.
The workers gathered to “discuss the current situation and collect signatures in the collective for the start of the strike,” Tut.by reported. However as management did not attend the meeting, the workers dispersed a short while after, reports said.
The main demands of the Azot workers are the resignation of president Alexander Lukashenko and the holding of fair elections, according to Tut.by. For several days in a row, the workers of the plant, after their shift, have been marching in a column through the city and joining the participants in peaceful protests, reports said.
Protests have been a daily occurrence in Belarus since the re-election of Lukashenko on August 9. He has been in power since 1994. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful