Last Sunday, protesters gathered in Minsk and in other cities across Belarus to show their support to opposition leader Svietlana Tikhanovskaya.
Alexander Lukashenko continues to deny any electoral fraud in the country’s August presidential elections and has inaugurated himself for a sixth presidential term on Wednesday 23 September. The European Union does not recognise the result of the August election as valid, and the UK, US and Canada have also called for free and fair elections to take place in the country. ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen stands alongside French President Emmanuel Macron who has demanded Lukashenko to step down.
🔴⚪️ President Macron is right, Lukashenko must step down! 🇪🇺 EU does not recognize the elections and the deteriorating situation is a shame to all Belarusians who voted for Svietlana #Tikhanovskaya. Lukashenko, step down! @ALDEParty https://t.co/p78UGNJhmk— Hans van Baalen (@hansvanbaalen) September 28, 2020
During the peaceful protests across Belarus, people have showed their support to Svietlana Tikhanovskaya by dressing in the symbolic colours of white and red. The Belarusian police has been reported to use teargas and other tactics against the protesters.
Opposition leader Tikhanovskaya is currenty in exile in Vilnius, Lithuania. In a recent video message, she repeated that she is the country’s real leader.