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Canada In Belarus, it seems that "we have lost", says Tikhanovskaya

20:50  20 february  2021
20:50  20 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L he return to democracy in Belarus is going to take "more time" and "for the moment it seems that we have lost ", admitted the leader in exile of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Le Temps.

She also announces in this interview published on Saturday that she wants to come to Switzerland in March to ask the authorities to open an investigation into "the hidden assets and corruption patterns of Alexander Loukachenko (Belarusian president, editor's note)" in this country.

"I have to admit, we have lost the streets, we have no way to fight the regime's violence against the demonstrators? They have the arms, they have the strength, so yes, for the moment it seems that we have lost, "said Tikhanovskaya, whose husband was jailed in Belarus last year after trying to run for president.

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According to her, "the return to democracy will take longer than expected".

"In Belarus, people want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to think of the day when, finally, everything will be fine. And because they were counting on a quick resolution, they are now waiting for a fantastic plan (...). But there is no such plan, ”she said.

But the opponent, 38 years old and mother of two, calls on Belarusians to build structures "for the struggles of tomorrow", despite fatigue and fear.

And to assure: "Our strategy is to organize ourselves better, to put the regime under constant pressure, until the moment when people will again be ready to take to the streets again, perhaps in the spring".

However, she says she is "incapable of asking the Belarusians to put themselves in danger", and defends the principle of a "peaceful revolution".

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If the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic allow it, the opponent in exile in Lithuania intends to come to Switzerland in March.

She wishes to meet the Speaker of Parliament, "who came to Vilnius last fall, to discuss the issue of human rights in Belarus".

Ms Tikhanovskaïa would also like to meet the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to talk about "instruments which would make it possible to restore justice" in her country.

On December 4, Ms. Bachelet deplored, before the UN Human Rights Council (CHR), that the situation in Belarus "continued to deteriorate" since the urgent start led by this UN body in September .

The CDH will look again next Thursday on the situation in Belarus on the occasion of the publication of a report by Ms. Bachelet.

President Alexander Lukashenko's regime has been repressing since last year a historic protest movement born of the controversial re-election in August of the Head of State, in charge of the country since 1994.

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