Belarusian opposition leader to unveil solidarity monument in Warsaw – The First News
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Belarusian opposition in exile, will unveil a monument in Warsaw in honor of the first partially free elections in Poland in 1989, which paved the way for democracy.
Tsikhanouskaya fled Belarus for fear of being imprisoned by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime after a presidential election last summer which the opposition claimed was rigged. Lukashenko’s apparent victory sparked nationwide protests that were brutally suppressed, with thousands of Belarusians jailed.
The Belarusian opposition leader will unveil the monument in central Warsaw with Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski on Friday. The two are due to meet earlier today and hold a joint press conference.
Trzaskowski is a senior leader of Poland’s main opposition party, the Centrist Civic Platform.
Tsikhanouskaya is also due to meet with other opposition leaders in Poland.
The Belarusian dissident enjoyed wide support in the August 2020 elections, but the official results only gave her 10.1% of the vote, while Lukashenko reportedly got 80.1%. The Belarusian strongman has been in power since 1994.