Opposition to Alexander Lukashenko continued on the streets of Belarus on Tuesday, as thousands of students boycotted the start of the school year.

Meanwhile, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the opposition candidate who almost certainly won more votes than the 26-year incumbent in the August 9 presidential poll, reprimanded one of her allies in the campaign who had launched a new political party, called Together, with supporters of another opposition figure, Viktor Babariko.

Maria Kolesnikova appeared to back down, saying that she supported Tsikhanouskaya’s call for new elections: “Not a single Belarusian doubts Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s victory, and that her victory was stolen,” she said.

Tsikhanouskaya has been invited to address the UN Security Council by video link later this week, although Russia may try to block the move.

On Monday, the Belarusian authorities stopped the return to the country from neighbouring Poland of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minsk and Mogilev, Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

PHOTO: Tsikhanouskaya (l) and Kolesnikova during the election campaign Reuters