Tikhanovsky: Return to democracy in Belarus will take longer than expected – Abroad – News

According to Cihanouska, who currently lives in Lithuania, in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Le Temps, the opposition has so far lost the fight on the streets, but is currently working on merging various future initiatives.

“We do not have the opportunity to fight the regime’s violence against demonstrators. They have weapons in their hands, they have power, so we have to admit that we seem to have lost the fight on the streets now. It will take longer than planned to return to democracy,” she said.

“People in Belarus want to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to think of a day when everything will be fine at last. They are hoping for a solution soon, so now they have a fantastic plan. (..) But there is no such plan,” the opposition leader said. moment “to reflect with the people on a vision for the future”.

“But we are building structures for future struggles, working to link various opposition initiatives that have appeared almost everywhere – between doctors, teachers, in the police environment,” she said. “Our strategy is to be better organized, to put constant pressure on the regime until people are ready to take to the streets again – possibly in the spring.”

At the same time, Tihanovks stressed that it must be a peaceful revolution and she does not feel entitled to urge Belarusians to put themselves in danger.

In March, if the situation in Covid-19 allows, she is going to go to Switzerland, hoping to meet with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michel Bacelet and discuss the possibility of restoring justice in Belarus. She also intends to call on the Swiss authorities to freeze the assets of the authoritarian President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

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