Former presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will come to France at the invitation of Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. This was reported in the opposition’s Telegram channel.
Tikhanovskaya will visit Paris on September 15-17. He will meet with the mayor of the city and presidential candidate of France Anne Hidalgo, President of the Senate Gerard Larcher, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly François Bayrou.
The ex-candidate intends to discuss with them the organization of a “high-level conference on resolving the crisis” in Belarus. The message stresses that France has been holding the presidency of the European Union since January 1.
The presidential elections in Belarus took place on August 9, 2020. The CEC announced that Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country since 1994, won 80 percent of the vote, while Tikhanovskaya got 10 percent. The official results sparked massive protests across the country that lasted several months. Tikhanovskaya left Belarus for Lithuania.
The first protests in Belarus were violently dispersed with the help of special equipment. Several protesters are known to have died. Detainees reported beatings and torture in isolation wards. A number of opposition politicians and activists were arrested. Western countries have imposed sanctions against Minsk. Lukashenko himself claimed that the protests were organized from abroad.