The leader of the Belarusian protests asked for more help during her visit to Berlin. Every victory in the fight against ruler Lukashenko is important. Tichanovskaya also draws a parallel with the GDR.
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Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya asks Germany for more support. “We want Germany, as one of the most powerful countries in the world, to be able to assist in the negotiations,” Tichanowskaya said before a meeting with Merkel in Berlin. She is grateful that the EU has imposed sanctions on people close to the ruler Lukashenko. “It’s a win, but it’s a small win. The list needs to be expanded,” said Tichanovskaya. “Anyone who wants to act as a mediator can help us,” she says.
In the capital Minsk and other cities, there has been protests against the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko for weeks. The controversial presidential elections in early August were prompted. The 66-year-old was confirmed for a sixth term with 80.1 percent of the vote. The EU does not recognize the election results in Belarus.
Opposition sees Tichanovskaya as the real winner
“We are now forced to ask our neighbors to act as mediators in the dialogue between the people of Belarus and the state. We propose to take the OSCE,” said Tichanovskaya. Merkel can be helpful in the situation.
The opposition sees Svetlana Tichanovskaya, one of the leaders of the democracy movement, as the real winner. The 38-year-old took on Lukashenko in the presidential elections on August 9. Her husband, well-known blogger Sergej Tichanowski, had actually run for office, but he was arrested. Tichanowski regularly denounced corruption in his video blog. Tichanovskaya had contact with her husband only through her legal counsel.
After the elections, she was forced to leave Belarus under pressure from the authorities. Since then she has lived in the EU country of Lithuania and regularly meets with EU politicians, including French President Emmanuel Macron. However, if there is another election, she would like to no longer compete.
More than 10,000 arrests during protests
Since she fled Belarus in mid-August, she has been leading protests from Vilnius, Lithuania. The democracy movement is demanding the resignation of the head of state, new elections and the release of all political prisoners. Walked around Sunday more than 100,000 people took to the streets. Human rights activists accuse the power apparatus of crimes against humanity. There have been multiple deaths, hundreds injured and more than 10,000 arrests.
During her visit to Berlin, she draws a parallel with the situation in the GDR in 1989. “I saw pictures of people sitting on the wall and knocking it down,” said the 38-year-old journalists and representatives of various organizations in Berlin. Also in Belarus people are about to tear down their walls. When she visited Berlin on Monday, the first thing she did was “Go to the wall,” as she said.
“We need your help”
She shared a photo on her Telegram channel. Moments later, dozens of Belarusian Protestants cheer at a gathering in front of the Brandenburg Gate. ‘Continue. We don’t know how long this fight will last, but we need your help, ”she called out to those in attendance.
CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak promised support. “We are on the side of the brave women and men of Belarus. The pressure on the Lukashenko regime must remain. Election fraudsters must not be election winners!” Wrote the Union politician on Twitter. Alexander Dobrindt, the CSU’s regional group leader, called for quick new elections.