The presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on her fellow citizens to renounce violence, since the country “does not need blood on the city streets”. This is stated in her “Appeal for Peaceful Changes”, which was published on the website of the united election headquarters of Tikhanovskaya and unregistered Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babariko on Saturday, August 8.
“Belarusians, in civilian clothes and in uniform! I urge you to renounce violence. We are peaceful people. Our strength lies in unity and love for our country, for our families. We are in the majority and we do not need blood on the city streets, ”Tikhanovskaya said in her appeal.
She noted that she knows that the life of every Belarusian is “the most valuable” that the country has. The candidate for the country’s leadership called on civilians to be more careful, to take care of themselves, to maintain order and calmness.
Addressing the members of the precinct commissions, she asked them to “act according to their conscience.” “Conduct an honest vote count,” urged the candidate for the leadership of Belarus.
In a media interview on August 5, Tikhanovskaya asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to contact the current president of the country. The German government said it “took note” of her statements.
The presidential elections in Belarus are due on August 9. Early voting began in the country on August 4, it will continue until the main election day.
The Central Election Commission has registered five candidates for the presidency – Alexander Lukashenko, Andrey Dmitriev, Anna Kanopatskaya, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergey Cherechnya.
Babariko and Tsepkalo refused registration, but on July 16 they merged with Tikhanovskaya’s headquarters.