This way Gitanas Nauseda wants to demonstrate his support of the democratic movement in Belarus, say the sources
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has nominated Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tihanovskaya for the Nobel Peace Prize. This was reported by two knowledgeable sources on Saturday.
Nauseda nominated Tihanovskaya, who has been in Lithuania since she had to flee Belarus “to show her support for the Belarusian democratic movement and the demand for free elections,” said one of the sources.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the ceremony for the Sakharov Prize, the European Union’s annual human rights award
Mass protests erupted in Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko won the election on August 9, according to the official Belarusian Central Election Commission, and Tikhanovska was far ahead of her. The opposition protested the election results. Thousands of protesters were detained, and nearly all opposition members were either expelled from the country or are in prison.
Svetlana Tihanovskaya, a former teacher, ran for president after her husband, a well-known opposition blogger, was arrested by the authorities on the eve of the election. Tikhanovskaya demands that Lukashenko steps down, release political prisoners and that free elections be held in the country.
Last week, Svetlana Tihanovskaya called on the European Union and the United States to be “bolder and stronger” in their actions to help end Lukashenko’s rule.
The nomination process for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 closes on January 31, while the name of the winner will be announced in November. Last year’s recipient was the United Nations World Food Program.