The leader of the Belarusian opposition is on a visit to Germany: on Tuesday she met with representatives of the country’s leading political forces
The leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya discussed the political crisis in her home country with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the Irish Times, Tikhanovskaya said after her meeting with Merkel that Germany, France and Russia could act as mediators in negotiations between the Belarusian opposition and Alexander Lukashenko, who faced the largest protests during his 26-year rule after falsifying the election results in early August..
Tikhanovskaya told Merkel that the protests “are not a fight against Russia or Europe, but a consequence of the internal Belarusian crisis. And now the main goal of the people is to hold new elections … “
“It is important to hold them in the near future, because for 26 years people [in Belarus] have lived under pressure and do not want to put up with it anymore,” added Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, summing up the results of a 45-minute meeting with the Chancellor.
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After meeting with Merkel, Tihanovskaya met with a number of German lawmakers in the Bundestag. According to Deutsche Welle, representatives of the Green Party wanted to meet with the leader of the Belarusian opposition. The meeting behind closed doors lasted for about an hour, its results were commented on by the co-chairman of the faction Katrin Göring-Eckardt, who said that her party supports “the demand for free and secret elections, an end to violence and the release of prisoners.”.
On the same day, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met in the building of the German Parliamentary Society with members of the united faction of the ruling conservatives in Germany – the CDU / CSU bloc. CDU Secretary General Paul Tsimiak called Tikhanovskaya a symbol of the Belarusian freedom movement: “She is a representative of a new, democratic Belarus”. The ruling party in Germany demands the immediate release of the people arrested by the Lukashenka regime and the prosecution of those who used violence and falsified the election results.
“Lukashenka is not an elected president, election fraudsters cannot be their winners,” said the CDU Secretary General.
On Wednesday, according to Deutsche Welle, Tikhanovskaya will meet with the Vice-Chancellor of Germany and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and will also take part in a meeting of the Bundestag Committee on European Union Affairs.
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