Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Belarus to demand the departure of long-term President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to BBC, the negative effect of this new development might be fresh strikes which are expected in the country soon.

As anger grew over reports of police violence, opposition leaders have called for the strikes coupled with the alleged poll-rigging in the 9 August vote.

So far, in reaction to the situation, the president has remained defiant, after claiming a landslide victory.

Meanwhile, he has he called on supporters to defend their country and independence, on Sunday.

However, protesters came out in far larger numbers, with local, independent news site Tut.by describing the peaceful demonstration as “the largest in the history of independent Belarus”.

What has actually triggered chaos is not far fetched from the fact that the protesters are not satisfied with the election results.

It was also revealed that, the Central Election Commission said Mr Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, won 80.1% of the vote and the main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 10.12%.