Belarusians in exile demand democracy: ‘The demand is clear — free and fair elections’

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Marina Garbuz, 27, insists it was her constitutional right to observe election voting at a school in Minsk Aug. 9, even though she and her 1-year-old daughter were threatened by authorities.

She later learned that 110% of the population voted, including 500 of the 300 registered voters in her precinct.

But it was not until military police approached her with a threatening gaze that she held her baby girl Anya tightly and ran as fast as she could.

She continued to volunteer for pro-democracy groups and now-exiled opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for an additional month. She handed
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