Ex-presidential candidate of Belarus and main rival of Alexander Lukashenko in the elections Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stated that opposition in Belarus “lost the streets” and they lack the ability to combat the regime’s violence against the protesters. But she expressed the hope that activists will continue the action this spring.
She said this in an interview with Le Temps.
Tikhanovskaya said that “Belarusians are tired and afraid”, but “today we are building structures for tomorrow’s struggle.” She admitted that protests against Alexander Lukashenko would resume in the spring.
“Our strategy is to better organize ourselves, to put constant pressure on the regime until people are ready to take to the streets again, perhaps in the spring,” said Tikhanovskaya.
At the same time, she said: “I have to admit that we have lost the street, we have no opportunity to fight the violence of the regime against the protesters – they have weapons, they have the power, so yes, now it seems that we have lost.” …
Let us remind you that protest actions in Belarus began after presidential electionswhich took place on August 9, 2020. After the data of the first exit polls were made public, the Belarusians went to protest actions in many cities of the country. They are convinced that Alexander Lukashenko falsified their results in his favor. Mass protests began. Until now, the security forces brutally disperse people, use force, and arrest them en masse.
Earlier, Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus intends to amend legislation regarding termination of protests and other “riots”. The country’s parliament should adopt the updated legislation in the near future.
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