The Belarusian opposition’s main candidate Svetlana Tijanovskaya reappeared in a new video this Friday calling on Alexander Lukashenko’s government to end the violence and engage in dialogue while urging its supporters to continue peaceful protests for the alleged fraud in the presidential election.
“We have to stop the violence in the streets of Belarus. I urge the authorities to stop it and start a dialogue,” said the opposition leader in a recording collected by the Tut.by news portal.
In this context, he thanked the security forces who refused to attack the peaceful demonstrators and the workers who went on strike to protest the election results.
At the same time, Tijanovskaya urged “all mayors to organize massive but peaceful rallies in every city on August 15 and 16,” and called on Belarusians to sign a petition for a vote recount. “Let’s defend our election together,” he told the Sputnik news agency.