Mass anti-government protests, which have been going on for more than two weeks in Belarus, is a peaceful democratic revolution, and its goal is fair and free presidential elections.
This was stated by the leader of the Belarusian opposition and former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during an online speech in the European Parliament on August 25.
"We are no longer the opposition, we represent the majority. Now there is a peaceful revolution. The revolution of Belarus is not of geopolitical nature," said Tikhanovskaya.
According to her, demonstrations are neither anti-Russian nor anti-European.
"It is a democratic revolution. It's a struggle of people to freely choose their leaders and decide their fate. It is a peaceful struggle of people for freedom, self-determination, and dignity," she added.
Tikhanovskaya noted that protesters are detained, sent to prisons, and beaten.
"The authorities use tactics of intimidation and physical threats. At least six people have been killed and dozens missing. And now it is happening in the center of Europe," the opposition activist said.
She recalled that independent observers and the European Union recognized the presidential elections held on August 9 as rigged.
We remind that earlier Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expressed her readiness to take the post of interim president of Belarus and named her main goal - preparation of new elections in the country.