Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Friday asked her supporters to sign an online form demanding a recount of last Sunday’s presidential election.
Incumbent President Lukashenko won it, but the opposition is convinced that fraud took place in the polls.
In a video posted on YouTube, Tichanovskaja, who is in neighbouring Lithuania, also asked to back an official investigation into allegations that the elections have been falsified.
She went on to call for an end to the violence, which has intensified in the wake of Lukashenko’s contested re-election and asked all mayors to hold peaceful rallies this weekend.
She spoke after Belarusian authorities began releasing thousands of detained protesters.
They had also offered a rare public apology in an attempt to quell rural street protests. These are currently a significant challenge for Lukashenko’s 26-year rule.