Alexander Lukashenko met with imprisoned opposition leaders in the remand center of the Belarusian State Security Committee on Saturday, October 10, Belarusian media reported. The meeting lasted four and a half hours.
“You will not write the constitution on the street,” Lukashenko was quoted by the media as saying that the purpose of Lukashenko’s meeting was to hear the views of all parties, but the participants of the meeting jointly decided to keep what was discussed a secret.
The media reports that the meeting was attended by former Belarusian presidential candidate Viktor Babariko and his son Eduard Babariko, Belarusian National Coordination Council presidium member Lily Vlasova, political scientist Vitaly Sklarov and opposition headquarters coordinator Yuri Voskresensky.
Later, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovsky told social media that she had a telephone conversation with her imprisoned husband Sergei Tikhanovsky – for the first time in four months. The Tikhanovska team said they had both talked about children. Tihanowski has urged his wife to be “tougher” and continue to meet with world leaders. Svetlana Tikhanovska took part in a march in support of Belarusian women in Vilnius today.
Protests continue in Belarus against the results of the 9 August elections in Belarus. According to official results, the current authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won 80.1% of the voteswhile opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovska only 10.1%. However, the opposition, based on evidence of unprecedented violations, claims that these results are falsified. Protests continue to be fueled by violence against activists and the detention of opposition and journalists.
In early October The Saeima adopted a statement, which does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as a legitimate president of Belarus.
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