Svetlana Tikhanovskaya: It’s Only Question Of Time Until Lukashenko Leaves

According to Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the current regime is “a giant with feet of clay.” Other countries making agreements with the regime do it at their own risk, since the newly elected government may not recognise them, she warned in an article for Washington Post.

“We insist on peaceful protest, and we refuse to engage in violence. Many people ask if that will be enough. I believe the answer is yes. We as a nation have passed the point of no return. Lukashenko has no future as a leader of this country, and it is only a question of time until he leaves power,” Tikhanovskaya wrote.

According to the ex-presidential candidate of Belarus, “despite the state propaganda” time is on the side of the opposition.

“This regime is a giant with feet of clay. What appeared to be destined for eternity will be gone in a blink of an eye. All we have to do is stick together. There is no question of whether we will win. We have won already. The regime is attempting to steal that victory from us. It will not succeed,” she explained.

She reiterated that she does not recognise the results of the presidential election announced by the Belarus’ Central Election Commission, and believes that it was she who won the majority of votes based on “analysis of the election results by several independent groups”.

In this regard, Tikhanovskaya said mass demonstrations will continue, and also appealed to the governments of other countries. She asked them “to stop collaborating with the regime and impose sanctions on individuals who forged the results of the election and committed crimes against their own citizens.”

“[…] We cannot guarantee that the future legally and freely elected government will uphold such agreements,” Tikhanovskaya wrote.