Belarus opposition candidate in Lithuania after second night of protests

Belarus opposition candidate in Lithuania after second night of protestsAugust 11, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s low score in official election results has prompted two nights of unprecedented protest action

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main opposition candidate in Sunday’s disputed elections in Belarus, has left the country as clashes between heavily armed police and demonstrators escalated during a second night of protests.

Tikhanovskaya is in Lithuania, its foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, tweeted on Tuesday morning. He told the Guardian that she had been detained by Belarusian authorities for seven hours after filing a complaint against vote-rigging. She crossed the border towards morning, he said.

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