Sport Maria Kolesnikova, opposition figure, camps on her Belarus

23:25  12 august  2020
23:25  12 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Record rally of the opposition in Belarus, ten days before the presidential election

 Record rally of the opposition in Belarus, ten days before the presidential election This accusation is a new twist in an eventful electoral campaign, marked by a violent repression targeting demonstrators and opponents. Despite this, the election promises to be thorny for President Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 2014 and facing unusually strong mobilization from the opposition. Russia accused of wanting to destabilize Belarus On Wednesday, the police had arrested 33 Russians presented as "fighters" of Wagner seeking to "destabilize" Belarus.

Maria Kolesnikova (Maryia Kalesnikava) was the campaign manager for Victor Babariko (Viktar Babaryka), who was initially expected to be the In one shared on her husband’s social media, she said she had no choice in leaving Belarus . In a second video shared on a pro-government Telegram

the leading opposition candidate in Belarus ’s recently concluded presidential election, appears in a newly released video where she calls on her supporters to cease all street protests. Her campaign staff said she was being held there against her will. Maria Kolesnikova (Maryia Kalesnikava), one of

Maria Kolesnikova en quelques dates clés : 2012. Finit ses études de musique à Stuttgart 2019. Retour à Minsk 2020. Participe à la campagne présidentielle © EPA / MAXPPP Maria Kolesnikova in a few key dates: 2012. Finished her music studies in Stuttgart 2019. Back to Minsk 2020. Participates in the presidential campaign

Of the female triumvirate which excited voters, she is the only one not to have left the country, to brave Lukashenko.

Maria Kolesnikova , easily recognizable by her cropped platinum blonde hair, white suits and crimson lipstick, is acclaimed by locals who pass her on the streets of Minsk.

Under pressure, as Svetlana Tsikanovskaya and Veranika Tsapkala, with whom she led the electoral campaign that awakened Belarus , were forced into exile, she swears she will not leave. I feel responsible for what is happening, she repeats, in support of the harshly repressed demonstrations that have inflamed the country since August 9.

In Vilnius, hundreds of Lithuanians show their support for Belarusians

 In Vilnius, hundreds of Lithuanians show their support for Belarusians © AP Photo / Sergei Grits In Minsk, before the presidential election on Sunday 9 August. In power since 1994, President Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term (illustration). Two days before the presidential election in Belarus, around a hundred Lithuanians gathered on Friday August 7 to show their support for the thousands of Belarusian demonstrators who demand changes in their country. With our correspondent in Vilnius, Marielle Vitureau The venue for the event was well chosen.

Belarus 's main opposition leader says she took a "very difficult decision" to leave the country, after disputing an election result she claimed was rigged. Svetlana Tikhanovksaya is "a hero", according to opposition campaign partner Maria Kolesnikova , who says her departure does not diminish her

Before leaving Belarus , Tikhanovskaya appeared to have been forced to read a statement on camera calling on her From left: Veronika Tsepkalo, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Maria Kolesnikova , at a rally in July. Kolesnikova was representing the jailed opposition politician Viktor Babariko.


Maria Kolesnikova, 38, returned to Minsk, her birthplace, only a year ago, after twelve harmonious years in Stuttgart, where she studied music. Professional flautist, she has retained from her German life the mastery of the language and the taste for democracy. She says she is pro-European and committed to women's rights, her priorities. On Wednesday August 12, she joined the peaceful demonstration followed by thousands of women, dressed in white, who hold hands to demand peace and an end to police violence.

She worked in the cultural and cutting edge technologies sector alongside the banker Viktor Babaryko. When he launches into the presidential election, she follows him. When he gets imprisoned, she replaces him. It was the plan very early on, I had to take his place. We created a horizontal structure, which should allow us to be flexible and adapt to events.

So far, she keeps her promise, but admits that without a husband and children, it’s easier. Briefly arrested the evening of the presidential election, she said she was affected. But never lost the smile.

Belarus: 10th day of protest, opponent Tikhanovskaïa denounces a "rotten system" .
© Provided by Le Point Opposition supporters in Belarus gathered on Tuesday in front of the detention center where their husband is locked up leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa, who denounced a "rotten system", for the 10th day of protest. Since the disputed election of August 9, pressure has been mounting on President Alexander Lukashenko , in power since 1994.

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