Leader of Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya stated that she sees herself as a symbol of change, as Reuters reported.
Tsikhanouskaya emphasized that her role is to hold new presidential elections in Belarus. She believes that she should support the protesters but she will not run for the presidency again.
“During the campaign, I didn’t see myself as a politician but I pushed myself forward. I don’t see myself in politics. I am not a politician,” Tsikhanouskaya said.
The Belarusian opposition leader stated that despite the fact that she stays in Lithuania she has to continue to support the citizens of her country.
“It is my fate and my mission, and I don’t have the right to step away. I understand that I’m in safety here, but all the people who voted for me in Belarus ... need me as a symbol. They need the person they voted for. I couldn’t betray my people.”
Moreover, Tsikhanouskaya stated that the leaders of Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and others phoned her and asked how they could help her. However, they cannot recognize her as president-elect as they cannot interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus.
Besides, Tsikhanouskaya underlined that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not get in touch with her and she would not make an attempt to do it herself.
On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.
During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.
On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.