The Belarusian government is using immigrants to blackmail Europe, according to the country’s opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
In an interview with Euronews Greece in Athens, where he performed at the Athens democracy forum, explained how the Belarusian authorities are putting pressure on the European borders.
“All those groups of people who come to the borders, they come with people from the KGB, with Belarusian (secret police). They are followed by people from the system. That is why they are “organized groups,” Tsikhanouskaya said.
“Of course, for Europe it is a difficult question what to do with these people, because these migrants are also hostages of the system. They are not guilty of having been victims of this regime. But the regime must not be allowed to blackmail Europe.” with migrants “.
President Alexander Lukashenko is planning a constitutional referendum that seeks to legitimize a redistribution of powers and establish a new governing body called the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly.
But the Belarusian opposition has said it will not recognize the result.
“Everyone in Belarus understands that this referendum is like ‘dust in the eyes’ of Europe. Like ‘look, I’m doing something for democratization.’ I think people will be so scared by the violence that no one will go to vote, ”Tsikhanouskaya said.
Earlier this year, in May, the opposition leader participated in another democratic forum in Athens.
Two opposition sympathizers also attended, but on their return trip, they were arrested in Minsk after his plane was forced to land in Belarus. It is not yet clear what happened to Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sapega.
“We are awaiting the official results of the investigation by ICAO (the UN aviation agency). After this, we will draw conclusions and proceed to bring the guilty to justice ”.
Tsikhanouskaya has already discussed the possibility of initiating international criminal proceedings for the incident with the Greek Interior Minister, Makis Voridis.