Emmanuel Macron to meet Belarus opposition leader in highest-profile meeting since protests began

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday, marking the most high-profile meeting for the Belarus opposition leader since she helped inspire pro-democracy protests following the country’s presidential election.

Tikhanovskaya, 38, told Agence France-Presse she requested the meeting with Macron in hopes of trying to get European counterparts to mediate the crisis, adding that Belarus “badly needs” a dialogue between the government and the opposition.

“The protests are not going to stop,” Tikhanovskaya said.

Belarus has now surpassed seven weeks of nonstop violent protests since the disputed victory of Alexander Lukashenko in August. The electoral commission said
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