Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met with Merkel

Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday, October 6, during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, emphasized that the protests in Belarus are not a struggle against Russia or Europe, but a consequence of the crisis inside the country. This is stated in the message of Tikhanovskaya’s comrades-in-arms in her telegram-channel.

The leader of the Belarusian opposition told the federal chancellor that peaceful rallies in Belarus continue, while the regime, in turn, continues to increase the number of political prisoners. “Therefore, now it is very important to stop the violence and release political prisoners,” Tikhanovskaya said during a 45-minute conversation.

Before meeting with Merkel Tikhanovskaya, she expressed hope that Germany “as one of the strongest countries in the world” would be able to help the Belarusian opposition in negotiations with the authorities in Minsk. “Anyone who wants to act as a mediator can help us,” said the leader of the Belarusian opposition. She expressed gratitude for the fact that the European Union has imposed sanctions against the entourage of long-time head of state Alexander Lukashenko: “This is a victory, but it’s a small victory. The list should be extended”.

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