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Canada Belarus. An opposition figure arrested on the eve of the

01:15  09 august  2020
01:15  09 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Presidential in Belarus: the opposition gathers thousands of people in Minsk

 Presidential in Belarus: the opposition gathers thousands of people in Minsk © AP Photo / Sergei Grits Almost 35,000 people gathered in Minsk to support the candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa on July 30, 2020. Fr Byelorussia, thousands of people took part this Thursday, July 30 in an opposition rally in Minsk, the capital of the country. They came to support Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, the main opposition candidate in the presidential election on August 9. In front of the crowd, she addressed the authorities who accuse her husband of having wanted to organize “mass riots”.

The campaign manager for the leading opposition candidate in Belarus has been detained on the eve of the presidential election, her office said. Stay-at-home mum Ms Tikhanovskaya is a political novice who only stepped in as a candidate for president when her husband was arrested and blocked from

An unlikely opposition candidate. Ahead of the August presidential elections, several main opposition candidates were barred from running. The election has so far been characterised by a crackdown on opposition figures . Lukashenko's main rival, Victor Babariko, was arrested on fraud charges and

Maria Kolesnikova, membre de la campagne de Svetlana Tikhanouskaïa, a été interpellée à la veille du scrutin présidentiel. presidential election © Vasily Fedosenko / REUTERS Maria Kolesnikova, a campaign member of Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, was arrested on the eve of the presidential election.

The day after a joint declaration by France, Germany and Poland on the organization of a “free and fair” presidential election in Belarus, one of the opposition figures was arrested in the day before the poll.

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the pillars of Belarusian opposition candidate 's campaign for the presidency, was arrested on Saturday on the eve of the election, team Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said.

She is one of the main figures in the challenge launched by the opposition to Alexander Lukashenko, in power for 26 years .

Presidential election in Belarus: opposition campaign leader arrested again

 Presidential election in Belarus: opposition campaign leader arrested again © Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters Supporters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, candidate for the next presidential election and main opponent of the president, march during a rally in Minsk , in Belarus, August 6, 2020. For months, the Belarusian authorities have been stepping up operations against the adversaries of the head of state, Alexander Lukashenko, who is seeking a new mandate, on Sunday. New intimidation measure against the opposition in Belarus.

The campaign manager of Belarus 's leading opposition candidate has been detained on the eve of a tense presidential election, her office said. After Babariko's arrest , Kolesnikova became the joint face of the opposition campaign backing Tikhanovskaya, who has drawn huge crowds to campaign rallies

The arrests may have been the result of a clandestine operation by Ukrainian intelligence, Kots revealed. The men involved have backgrounds as security contractors. It claims that a number of the contractors previously fought on the side of the rebel forces in Donbass.

Kolesnikova belonged to the campaign team and another candidate, Viktor Babariko, arrested and charged with financial embezzlement last June . She rallied around Tikhanouskaya's candidacy.

Despite a deteriorated economic situation, the question still presents civil rights and its management of the health crisis, the former director of the collective farm during the Soviet era, who has governed Belarus since 1994, seems certain to win a sixth term in office on Sunday. 'in a row.

But Svetlana Tikhanouskaya, a former English teacher who emerged from the shadows after the arrest in May of her husband, blogger Sergei Tikhanouski , who was running for the presidency, created a surprise during the campaign, attracting crowds rarely seen in Belarus since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Before Kolesnikova’s arrest, France, Germany and Poland called for to organize a "free and fair" presidential election .

Fight against the ruler Lukashenko: opposition leader Tichanowskaya is ready to lead Belarus .
Tichanowskaya, who fled to Lithuania, wants to pave the way for fair elections in Belarus. Meanwhile, the opposition is calling on state-owned companies to go on further strikes. © Photo: Sergei Grits / AP / dpa Swetlana Tichanowskaja, opposition leader in Belarus and wife of the prominent jailed blogger Tichanowskij. The Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tichanowskaja signals her readiness to take over power.

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