Former presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has recorded a new appeal to Belarusians. She said she is ready to become a national leader.
She said she was crying with the people and families, whose loved ones have died, and has urged to make a choice.
“This is what time requires from us. I have no illusions about my political career. I didn’t want to be a politician. But fate put me at the forefront of the struggle. Fate and you. You gave me your votes, and I appreciate that. And I know exactly why you did it. We all want to get out of this endless circle that we found ourselves in 26 years ago. I am ready to take responsibility and to take the lead in this difficult period as a national leader so that the country can calm down and enter a normal rhythm”.
Tsikhanouskaya has called for the release of political prisoners and plans to prepare a new legislative framework for holding new fair presidential elections, which the international community will recognise.
At least two people have died during the peaceful protests in Belarus. Minsk citizen Alyaksandr Tarakouski and Homel citizen Alyaksandr Vikhor were killed by law enforcement officials. They were buried on August 15th and 16th, respectively. Another 88 people are still missing.
Since August 9, protests against rigged presidential elections have been taking place across the country. Health Ministry press office has confirmed deaths of people who didn’t make it to hospitals.