Opposition activity before the presidential elections in Belarus is growing. Candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gathers tens of thousands of people at rallies in support. Political scientist Igor Ilyash is sure that President Alexander Lukashenko is very afraid of the upcoming vote.
A pre-election rally of candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya took place in Minsk yesterday. More than 60 thousand people came to support her - such a number of people were not going to even at pro-government events.
The head of the human rights center "Viasna" Ales Bialiatski noted that such a full house is observed at any rally of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. This suggests that most of the population wants to change the existing order, he said.
At the rally of Tikhanov's authorities, reinforced squads of law enforcement officers were pulled. After the arrest of 33 Russians near Minsk, the republic's authorities claim that there are about 200 more "militants" in the country.
With such actions and statements, the authorities want to suppress public activity and intimidate people, Bialiatski said in an interview with the Nastoye Vremya TV channel. He has no doubts that Lukashenka will falsify the results of the presidential elections, since all election commissions are under his control, and pressure will be exerted on independent observers.
In turn, political observer Igor Ilyash answered the question of how Alexander Lukashenko feels on the eve of the vote. "I think he is experiencing wild fear and horror," said the expert.
- Are you tired of enduring? - Yes! - Are you tired of being silent? - Yes!
Tens of thousands of people came to the rally in support of the presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. This is the largest rally in Minsk in recent years. See how it was: pic.twitter.com/s71Oa9WJdc
The presidential elections in Belarus - 2020 will be held on August 9. The Central Election Commission admitted five candidates. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya became the main rival of Alexander Lukashenko. She began to participate in the election race after her wife, a well-known blogger and author of the "Country for Life" YouTube channel, was accused of organizing riots and a criminal case was brought against him.
If Tikhanovskaya wins, she promises to hold new elections in six months. She considers the August 9 vote unfair, since the most popular opposition politicians were not allowed.