Former candidate for the presidency of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave a long interview. The oppositionist assessed the protest activity in the republic.
The politician said that the Belarusian opposition today cannot fight the violence of the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. The siloviki who obey him have strength and weapons. “We have lost the streets. At the moment it seems that we have lost,” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said.
The former presidential candidate expressed hope that the protests will resume this spring. According to her, attempts are now being made to link various opposition-minded associations – teachers, doctors and former law enforcement officers.
Tikhanovskaya also expressed hope for an early meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. The opposition leader plans to discuss with her the possibility of investigating Lukashenka’s crimes at the international level, the Internet portal TUT.by reports.
Elections in Belarus took place on August 9 last year. Lukashenka won by a wide margin: more than 80% of voters voted for him. His opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received 10% of the support of the people. 4% of Belarusians were against all of them.
Opposition supporters did not believe in the accuracy of the CEC data. A wave of protests swept across the country. Hundreds of citizens took to the streets to call for a new vote. Alyaksandr Lukashenka, in response, called the last elections fair, but admitted that they could “draw votes” for him.