Opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya left Belarus and is in Lithuania after rejecting the official results of Sunday’s presidential election, which won current President Alexander Lukashenko and sparked violent protests.
“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 official results proclaimed Lukashenko the winner with more than 80 percent of the vote, reaching a sixth term, compared to the nine percent Tijanovskaya would have received.
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Minsk and other cities on election night to denounce fraud. This led to severe clashes with security forces, in which at least one was killed, 50 injured and 3,000 detainees died, according to the Interior Ministry.
As early as Monday, Tijanovskaya rejected the official results, declared herself the winner and offered the Belarusian authorities a dialogue to make a “peaceful change”. When asked directly if she would flee the country before the possibility of arrest, she ruled it out. “I have no intention of leaving Belarus,” he said.