Head of Belarus opposition Svetlana #Tikhanovskaya has fled to #Lithuania.
Tsikhanouskaya said in a video issued by the tut.by news website on August 11 that she’d made the decision to leave Belarus on her own.
“I made a very difficult decision,” she said. “That decision I made by myself. Neither friends, relatives, the campaign team, nor Syarhey (Tsikhanouskaya’s husband) could affect it in any way. I know that many will understand me, many will judge me, and many will hate me. But, you know, God forbid, [you have to] face the dilemma I had to face.”
Poland & Czech Republic deny Lukashenko’s accusations that they organized protests in Belarus
Election officials in Belarus claimed a landslide victory for incumbent Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and his main challenger rejected that result as rigged, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his counterpart congratulatory note urging continued cooperation that “fulfills the vital interests of brotherly nations.”
Ukraine, cited the unrest and called for “dialogue,” and the European Union denounced the police violence that left protesters bloodied.
EU must take steps in order to prevent the possibility of the use of force in Belarus, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Monday. He denied that Warsaw had inspired post-election protests in Belarus, and added that the Belarusian authorities had to understand that they had not been incited by actions from abroad but instead resulted from a lack of satisfaction on the part of the people, PAP reports.
Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki earlier in the day called on EU’s leaders to convene an extraordinary summit to discuss the situation in Belarus.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had said participants in post-election protests in Belarus were being steered from Poland, Great Britain, and the Czech Republic.
In Prague, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the elections in Belarus “cannot be said to be free and democratic.” The Czech Republic“fully respects and supports the independence and sovereignty of Belarus, but at the same time, will under all circumstances promote freedom of expression and assembly and equal political competition,” the ministry said.