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Opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya flees to Lithuania after several hours in detention in Belarus

August 11, 2020

Opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya left Belarus after several hours in detention and is already in neighboring Lithuania as part of the protests in Minsk and other cities against the official results of the presidential election held on Sunday, victory for the current President Alexander Lukashenko.

“Svetlana Tijanovskaya is safe. She is in Lithuania”, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius announced this Tuesday via his official Twitter account without giving any further details.

The Foreign Minister later said in an interview with the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT that Tijanovskaya was detained in Belarus for up to seven hours before traveling to Vilnius. “The main thing is that he is safe now,” he said, according to the TASS news agency.

Opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya flees to Lithuania after several hours in detention in BelarusOpposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya flees to Lithuania after several hours in detention in Belarus

Olga Kovalkova, one of the spokeswoman for the election campaign in Tijanovskaya, told Sputnik that it was a forced exit. “She had no choice. She left after a meeting at the Central Electoral Commission (CEC). It was the Belarusian authorities who took her out of the country,” he said.

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