The European Parliament refuses to look away from Belarus and the attacks on democracy by its President Alexander Lukashenko. A few hours before the awarding of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights to the Belarusian opposition, the European elected representatives received one of the women who embodies this opposition, Veronika Tsepkalo.
In the precincts of the parliament in Brussels, David McAllister returned to the decision taken on October 22:
“By awarding you the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament honors the determination, courage and power of the citizens of Belarus in their fight for dignity, freedom and democracy.”
Veronika Tsepkalo said:
“The most frequent question I was asked during the presidential campaign was why you got involved, why do this when you know you are going to lose anyway? Lukashenko has been tampering with the elections for 26 years ago and this year the same has happened. We all realized that if we didn’t do anything, no one would. “
In exile in Lithuania, the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, was in Berlin on Monday, for the second time in a few weeks, to ask Germany to increase the pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko. She met German MPs and President Frank Walter Steinmeier. She denounces the ban on leaving the territory by land, decreed last week by President Lukashenko officially to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
A measure of repression or at least a nonsense for the opposition which explains that at that time it would be necessary to prohibit entry into the territory of Belarus.
Lukashenko continues to ignore the calls to resign from the demonstrators, to put down the rallies and to imprison …