The presidential candidate of the unified Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tijanóvskaya, has taken refuge in Lithuania, as reported on Tuesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of that Baltic country, Linas Linkevicius.
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“Svetlana Tijanóvskaya is safe, she is in Lithuania”, wrote on Twitter the head of Lithuanian diplomacy.
The main opposition candidate in the Belarus elections yesterday rejected the official results that give the victory to President Alexander Lukashenko for the sixth consecutive term with 80.23% of the vote.
After the announcement of the preliminary results on Sunday, crowds of protesters took to the streets to protest against the president in several cities of the country. The Belarusian authorities have acknowledged that the protests have spread to 33 cities and towns and that more than 3,000 people have been arrested.
Lukashenko, who defended the actions of riot police forces, has accused the opposition of planning to take over public buildings and denounced that the protests are sponsored by foreign countries such as the Czech Republic and Poland.