Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls on EU to support democracy in Belarus

On 21st September, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to continue supporting the creation of a new Belarus “admired by the world”. 

In her address to Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Human Rights, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya reiterated firmly that the ongoing Belarusian uprising is not a “geopolitical revolution (…) it is neither pro-Russian nor anti-Russian, not pro-EU nor anti-EU, (…) it is simply pro-Belarus and a democratic revolution”.  

Our fight is a fight for freedom, for democracy and for human dignity. It is exclusively peaceful and non-violent. We demand only three basic things: the release of all political prisoners, an end to police violence and to conduct new, free and fair elections”, she said. 

European Parliament President David Sassoli also held a bilateral meeting with Ms Tsikhanouskaya and called the current situation in Belarus unacceptable. 

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said “she gave us an account of the events in Belarus”  and “we are really impressed by the courage and perseverance of the Belarusian people, especially Belarusian women who show a real sense of leadership.”  

Borrell said Brussels does not recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus.  

“Let me stress that we will support inclusive national dialogue and the rights of Belarusian people for free and fair elections, and this cannot be regarded as an interference in internal affairs because democracy and human rights are at the core of the identity of the European Union,” he said. 

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