According to the politician, the number of participants in the recent protest actions has decreased due to the fact that people have been intimidated and the police are “returning to abnormal behavior” in their relationship with the protesters.

“Perhaps the landscape will change, there will be fewer people at the demonstrations, because the protesters are taken up immediately, they are not allowed to meet to protest.

Now we need to change tactics so that people are not exposed, “Tihanovskaia said. . The actions of students, doctors, pensioners will continue. Everyone continues to fight, “said Svetlana Tihanovskaya.

The main figure of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tihanovskaia, on Monday denounced a new wave of repression after the arrest of more than 1,000 people the day before during the big weekly rally against President Aleksandr Lukashenko, reports France Presse.

According to the human rights NGO Viasna, police made 1,048 arrests on Sunday, the highest total since August, when a brutal police crackdown was underway following the contested presidential election that ended with the re-election of Lukashenko in front of Ms. Tihanovskaia.

“More than a thousand people have been arrested, hundreds more have been beaten with sticks and sticks,” said the opponent, who went into exile in Lithuania shortly after the election, which she believes she won.

“Belarusians protest against violence and those who break their legs (…) do not deserve to be called Belarusians,” she said, thanking protesters who marched again in large numbers on Sunday in Minsk.

Every Sunday since August, tens of thousands of Belarusians have taken to the streets of the capital to demand Lukashenko’s departure.

However, the latter resisted the pressure of the street and multiplied the blows against the opposition, arresting or forcing most of the figures of the protest movement into exile.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

Tihanovskaia acknowledged on Monday that the opponents’ fight “turns out to be a marathon”.

The opponent has received the support of most Western capitals, while Lukashenko has the support of Russia, a regional power, reminds AFP.