Protestors are calling the results of the Belarus presidential election on August 9 as rigged and have demanded that the President step down after 26 years in office.
Alexander Lukashenko flew by helicopter to Minsk in an effort to gather support, but his presence was met with the opposite response.
Angry workers chanting “Go away!” greeted the Belarusian authoritarian leader. Factory workers also heckled and jeered at the President during his visit.
He told the workers: “I will never cave in to pressure.”
Lukashenko said the country could have a new presidential election, but only after approving an amended version of its constitution — an apparent bid to buy some time amid the growing political crisis.
He told the factory workers that those who intend to strike could leave if they want, but he added that the protests are ruining the economy and said the country would collapse if he steps down.
“Some of you might have got the impression that the government no longer exists, that it has tumbled down. The government will never collapse, you know me well," the 65-year-old former state farm director shouted.
“There will be no new election until you kill me," Lukashenko proclaimed.