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Belarus: Tikhanovskaya calls for more anti-Lukashenko protests | News

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Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has called for more mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule while also announcing she would not run for presidency if fresh elections are held.

Tikhanovskaya, who became Lukashenko’s rival in the August 9 election in which he was declared the victor, fled to neighbouring Lithuania after the polls.

She emerged from obscurity to take her husband Siarhei Tsikhanouski’s place in the election campaign after he was jailed in May.

“I’m not planning to run myself,” Tikhanovskaya said in an interview with Belsat TV when asked if she or her husband, a well-known video blogger, would run for the presidency.

Earlier this week, Tikhanovskaya said she was ready to lead Belarus and called for the creation of a legal mechanism to ensure a new fair presidential election could be held.

“More than enough,” added Tikhanovskaya, who led some of the biggest protests against Lukashenko since he came to power with the fall of the Soviet Union, when asked if she had enough of politics.

After election results were announced, mass protests broke out against Lukashenko, and he was accused of rigging the election.

‘Never again’

In a separate news conference on Saturday, her first public remarks since fleeing to Lithuania, Tikhanovskaya said Belarusians would “never accept the current leadership again”.

“The future of Belarus, and therefore the future of our children, now depends on your unity and your determination. So I ask you – go on and expand the strikes. Don’t be fooled by intimidation. Unite,” she added.

She also said the release of political prisoners is one of the demands of protesters and “new fair transparent elections can restore justice”.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

STATEMENT
Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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