‘A Peaceful Revolution’: exiled Belarus election candidate Tikhanovskaya insists Belarusian opposition is now majority
She says the opposition is now ready to speak to the current government to negotiate the terms of a new election.
Tikhanovskaya expressed her belief that the country’s opposition movement now consists of a majority of the country, and rejected being drawn into a geopolitical struggle.Also on rt.com Exiled former presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya meets Mike Pompeo's deputy to discuss 'strengthening democracy' in Belarus
“It is neither a pro-Russian nor an anti-Russian revolution. It is neither an anti-European Union nor a pro-European Union revolution. It is a democratic revolution. It is the striving of a nation to decide for itself,” she said.
Watch Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's speech - #Belarus democratic opposition presidential candidate - at @EP_ForeignAff. We stand with Belarusians in their demand for free & fair elections.The situation won't be resolved until #Lukashenko resigns.#WithBelarushttps://t.co/eq6kaR5joE— EPP Group (@EPPGroup) August 25, 2020
Mass protests began in Belarus on August 9, after the country’s Central Election Committee announced that incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko had won re-election with 80% of the vote. According to the official results, widely believed to be falsified, Tikhanovskaya won just 10%. As thousands of people took to the streets, Belarusian security forces met demonstrators with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Tikhanovskaya noted how many Belarusians who took part in the protests were arrested and went missing, with “at least six people killed.”Also on rt.com A neutral Belarus? Country’s opposition insists it doesn’t want either NATO or Russian troops inside its borders
On August 14, she announced the creation of a Coordination Council to assist in the transition of power from Lukashenko. The body’s is made up of seven members, including Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel prize winner, and Pavel Latushko, a former Belarusian Minister of Culture.
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