Belarus, Tikhanovskaya: ‘Ready to protest for years if necessary’ – Politics

“Against the backdrop of the political-military situation that is evolving around Belarus, the president decided to hold Phase 2 of the exercise” called ‘Slav Brotherhood 2020’. This was announced by the Belarusian Ministry of Defense. “The operations will involve about 6,000 soldiers and more than 500 military vehicles, including 1,000 soldiers and 100 vehicles of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation“, he added.

Yesterday the Minsk police have arrested 442 protesters for violation of the law on gatherings. This was stated by the spokeswoman of the Ministry of the Interior, Olga Chemodanova. Today in Brussels the EU foreign ministers met Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, leader of the Belarusian opposition. ‘It is not interference in internal affairs. Democracy and human rights are at the heart of the EU’s identity, “said High Representative Josep Borrell.

“We will continue to protest for weeks, months, even years if necessary. We will no longer be hostages of Lukashenko, we will no longer live in his prisons, we will no longer return to the state we have lived in for twenty-six years. “So Tikhanovskaya, in a hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament.” When you look at me and all these. people you must understand that for twenty-six years we have lived in dictatorship, we have been afraid every day “, he added.” It is not a geo-political revolution, for or against Russia or for or against the EU. It is a democratic revolution for Belarus “, he stressed.

Then he asked “the entire international community to not accept Lukashenko’s legitimacy because it is not legitimate in the eyes of the Belarusian people. They stole our votes during the elections. ”