The leading Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, is calling for a worldwide women’s protest against controversial Belarusian President Alexandr Lukashenko.
The team of Tichanovskaya, who fled to Lithuania itself, is urging women to take to the streets on Saturday.
The main march takes place in the Belarusian capital Minsk. The opposition encourages women to hand out flowers as a show of solidarity in the fight against political oppression. Women play an essential role in the protests that have been going on for months.
For a long time, the police did not act against demonstrating women. Lukashenko saw his political opponent Tikhanovskaya as a ‘poor housewife’.
Tichanovskaya is, according to her supporters, the rightful leader of Belarus. She lost to the president in the August presidential election.
According to the opposition, Lukashenko has committed fraud. Angry citizens have been taking to the streets en masse for weeks to demand his departure. However, Lukashenko, who has been in power for a quarter of a century, does not seem to want to budge.
The opposition leader left Belarus for her safety after the election. Lukashenko’s controversial victory is not recognized by the European Union, which has imposed sanctions against top figures in his regime.