Belarus opposition leader calls for foreign help to end unrest
Belarus's main opposition leader is now urging European neighbours to do more to end the political unrest in her country.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is pushing for tougher measures against President Alexander Lukashenko, the self-declared winner of August's election.
Meanwhile, in Belarus, thousands of people took to the streets for the funeral of 31-year-old Roman Bondarenko who died after being beaten by security forces near his home
Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports.
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Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne met with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania Friday. The exiled opposition leader of Belarus fled her home country after an August election that Champagne has called "fraudulent."
»» The leader of Belarus's opposition movement has promised their combat will continue "until victory" - because the Belarusian people will never again accept to live in "a state of slaves".