LIVE: Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovskaya addresses the European Parliament
According to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, what is happening in Belarus now, – this; a democratic revolution, during which the participants of peaceful protests, subjected to violence from the security forces, demand only one – fair elections and respect for their basic civil rights
The candidate for the presidency of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, whom many opponents of Alexander Lukashenko consider the real winner of the presidential elections on August 9, spoke on Tuesday to members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Tihanovskaya spoke via video link while in Lithuania, where she was forced to leave shortly after the elections.
According to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, what is happening in Belarus now, – it is a democratic revolution, during which the participants of peaceful protests, subjected to violence from the security forces, demand only one – fair elections and respect for their basic civil rights. Tikhanovskaya stressed that the Belarusian revolution, directed against the authoritarian regime of Lukashenka, is not geopolitical, that is, it is not directed either against Russia or the European Union. Moreover, Belarus – it is part of Europe, and the citizens of the country share European values, said Tikhanovskaya.
The opposition candidate also stated that the protesters are ready for a dialogue with the authorities, and thanked the European structures and politicians of democratic countries for supporting the protesters Belarusians.
According to official figures, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won 10 percent of the vote in the August 9 elections, while the current president, Alexander Lukashenko – 80 percent. The opposition did not recognize the results of the vote, presenting evidence of numerous falsifications. Since the evening of August 9, mass protests have been held in Belarus demanding Lukashenka’s resignation. The authorities used violence against protesters, thousands of people were detained, hundreds – beaten and tortured by riot police and other police units.
The European Union and other Western democracies did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus.
On Monday, Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania met with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan. Today he is visiting Moscow, where he is expected to discuss the situation in Belarus with Russian representatives..