The Belarusian democracy movement suffered a temporary defeat six months after the disputed presidential election, according to opposition leader Sviatlana Cihanouskaya, who was living in Lithuanian emigration.
„I have to admit, we lost the street”Said Cihanouszkaja a Swiss paper Le Temps referring to anti-government movements in his home country in his interview in his Sunday issue. “We have no means of resisting the violence used by the regime against protestersHe stressed.
He added that power and weapons are in the hands of the Belarussian government. “Yes, it looks like we lost at the moment”Cihanouszkaja stated. However, he said the opposition was preparing for a resumption of fighting in the spring.
„Our strategy is to be better organized, to put constant pressure on the regime until people are ready to return to the streets, perhaps as early as spring.”
He said he thinks every day about returning to Belarus and is often on the verge of despair when he thinks about the future of his country. “Then you quickly realize that you can’t do that, because if you’re a symbol or a national leader, you can’t simply give upSaid Cihanouszkaya.
Alexander Lukashenko, who has long ruled the country, won the August 9 presidential election with 80.1 percent of the vote, according to official figures. The opposition, which recognized Cihanouszka as a real winner, shouted fraud, and Lukashenko, among others, is not recognized by the EU as a legitimate head of state. There have been weekly protest movements since the election, which were brutally suppressed by security forces. More than 30,000 protesters were arrested, several protesters lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in the uprisings.
However, the demonstrations came to a halt due to the action of the army and the winter frosts.
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