US News Svetlana Alexijewitsch landed in Germany

18:10  28 september  2020
18:10  28 september  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Nobel laureate in literature and opposition activist Svetlana Alexijewitsch has left her home country Belarus and has arrived in Berlin. There are contradicting statements about the reasons for their departure.

Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Swetlana Alexijewitsch © TUT / AP / dpa / picture-alliance Nobel laureate in literature Swetlana Alexijewitsch

The reason for the trip to Germany is medical treatment and a work stay, said a confidante of Swetlana Alexijewitsch. There are no political motives for visiting Germany. The writer plans to return home, reported the news agencies Reuters and AFP.

The politically committed Nobel Prize winner for literature worries about her safety, reports the German Press Agency. The 72-year-old flew to Germany on board a plane operated by the Belarusian airline Belavia and landed in Berlin-Schönefeld.

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Security guards secured the private apartment

The author is one of the sharpest critics of the ruler Alexander Lukashenko. She repeatedly asked for his resignation. As a member of the Presidium of the Coordinating Council of the opposition in Belarus, Alexievich had to fear that, like her colleagues, he would either be arrested or taken out of the country against their will.

According to information from the German Press Agency, she decided to leave the country voluntarily. Prior to this, Western diplomats had campaigned for her protection, they also set up a security service after the writer felt threatened by the Belarusian authorities in her apartment in Minsk.

Alexievich had already been summoned.

Alexievich had received many offers from abroad to seek safety. Peace prize winners from all over the world also showed solidarity with the author and recognized her courage. "She did nothing else than what she was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade Association for in 2013: speaking the truth and lending her voice to all those who rebel against humiliation," the statement said.

Belarus: hundreds of arrests during a demonstration of women

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Auch Maxim Snak (Archiv), Mitglied des Koordinierungsrates, wurde bereits festgenommen © Ulf Mauder / dpa / picture-alliance Maxim Snak (archive), a member of the Coordination Council, has also been arrested.

Alexijewitsch, like most of the other members of the Civil Society Coordination Council, was recently summoned for questioning. She recently complained publicly that her presidium colleague Maxim Snak was arrested . The opposition activist Maria Kolesnikowa and others had previously been arrested. Two members of the Bureau had left the country under pressure from the authorities.

Macron wants to meet Tichanovskaya

Meanwhile, France's head of state Emmanuel Macron has expressed his willingness in principle to hold a meeting with the Belarusian opposition party Svetlana Tichanowskaya . The president will meet the 38-year-old during his trip to the Baltic States if she so requests, said French government spokesman Gabriel Attal after a cabinet meeting in Paris led by Macron.

Macron is expected in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in the evening. When a meeting with Tichanovskaya could take place initially remained open. As the government spokesman further explained, Macron will talk to his colleagues Gitanas Nauseda (Lithuania), Egils Levits (Latvia) and the Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins about solving the crisis in Belarus.

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