“I ask all mayors of cities to act as organizers of peaceful mass gatherings” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya released a new video message. Here is its full text

The main rival of Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential elections in Belarus, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who left for Lithuania after the vote , released a new video message to Belarusians. Meduza publishes its full text.

Tikhanovskaya SvetlanaCountry for life

Dear friends! Over the past few months, we’ve done the impossible. Six months ago, no one believed that the Belarusians could unite and say “No” to the old regime. But it happened. We came to the polling stations and made our choice – legally, peacefully and with dignity.

I want to say thank you to those people who were next to me: my team, the headquarters of Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babariko. I want to say thank you to every person, every voter who voted for me, for the changes in our country. And we, supporters of change, are the majority. There is documentary evidence of this – copies of the minutes. Where the commissions counted the votes honestly, my support ranged from 60 to 70%. And in  Novaya Borovaya  – 90%. Belarusians will never want to live with the previous government again. Most do not believe in his victory.

We have always said that we need to defend our choice only in legal, non-violent ways. And the authorities turned the peaceful exit of citizens into the streets into a bloody massacre. The situation is critical. I look with pain at what is happening in our country in recent days. For me and, I am sure, for each of us, advocates of change, human life is the most valuable thing.

We need to stop violence on the streets of Belarusian cities. I urge the authorities to stop this and start a dialogue. I ask all the mayors of the cities on August 15 and 16 to act as organizers of peaceful mass gatherings in each city.

New peaceful actions appear on the streets of our cities – “chains of solidarity” of women with flowers. Absolutely not belligerent. They show the whole world that we, Belarusians, are open, honest people and we are against violence. I thank the employees who refused to obey criminal orders against their citizens. I want to thank those who were no longer afraid and went on strike. Thanks to the employees of BMZ, the [Minsk] Electrotechnical Plant, MAZ, IT companies from  HTP and other teams who joined.

Let’s defend our choice together. Subscribe for the fact that you voted for me, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. The link will be below the video. Please don’t stand aside. Our voices must be heard.

(C) MEDUZA 2020

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