Moscow has claimed that some people within the Belarusian opposition want to see “bloodshed” in the country, adding that exiled candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya appears to be appealing more to a Western audience than a domestic one?
The Russian FM said a number of Belarusian opposition figures, including Tikhanovskaya herself, appear to be more interested in appealing to the Western audience recently, apparently in an effort to keep the situation inflamed.
Mass protests kicked off in Belarus on August 9, following the presidential election in which long-time President Alexander Lukashenko received over 80% of the vote, according to official figures.
The country’s opposition claimed the result was grossly falsified. Tikhanovskaya claimed victory but then fled the country for Lithuania shortly after the vote.
Tikhanovskaya, apparently was not allowed to calm (things) down, and she began to make political statements, quite harsh ones, demanding to continue strikes, walkouts, protests, and promoting violence?
The first few days of the protests were marred by violent clashes between police and demonstrators, who were accused of using excessive force against the people.
Since then, the situation has calmed somewhat and mass demonstrations across the country – both pro- and anti-Lukashenko – are continuing more or less peacefully.
On Sunday, massive crowds gathered again in Minsk demanding Lukashenko’s resignation.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Europe News 2020.