Belarus Opposition Candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Calls For Dialogue and Urges Authorities to Stop Violence

Belarus opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya issued a statement on August 14 in which she hailed the protests against the controversial election results and urged the country’s authorities to stop violence against the protesters.

According to a web translation of the new footage, Tsikhanouskaya said there was a need to stop violence on the streets of Belarus and urged the authorities to do so, and to take part in dialogue. She thanked those who, she said, refused to take part in criminal orders against citizens, and mentioned factory and utility workers who had gone out on strike.

Tsikhanouskaya left Belarus for Lithuania on August 11, reported.. She said she made the decision to leave Belarus to protect the wellbeing of her family.

The protests and demonstrations have the reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko for his sixth term with an overwhelming majority. Tsikhanouskaya claims the vote was rigged. Credit: Страна для жизни/Country for Life via Storyful