President Aleksandr Lukashenko has known as upon Belarusian residents to not “go into the streets” and o keep away from protests, blaming international brokers for stoking the unrest that has gripped the nation after the controversial election.
“Don’t exit into the streets now! Perceive that you just and your youngsters are getting used as cannon fodder,” Lukashenko mentioned Friday, throughout a gathering with the nation’s Nationwide Safety Council.
They’ve already come right here in giant numbers from Poland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, from this ‘Open Russia’ – [Russian opposition figure Alexey] Navalny and so forth and so forth. The aggression towards the nation has already begun.
Addressing the dealing with of the protests by the police, Lukashenko has all however defended the sweeping police motion. No less than 6,700 folks have been detained over the previous few days, whereas the authorities have been accused of extreme pressure and even “torture” of incarcerated protesters. Lukashenko insisted that, as a “army man,” he has no different choice than to take care of the unrest, nonetheless.
“Would you like me to take a seat and wait till the entire of Minsk is the wrong way up? We’ll stabilize the state of affairs later,” the president mentioned, promising to “take care of” the foreigners who allegedly got here to Belarus to participate within the unrest.
В Минске своя атмосфера.
У дома правительства собралось человек 20 протестующих. pic.twitter.com/SimKYXJYI3
— ЛАНА ОЛЕГОВА (@OlegovaLana) August 14, 2020
Lukashenko has supplied some knowledge to cops, who’ve notably been way more lenient to protesters since final night time, saying they shouldn’t be beating inclined and defenseless folks. On Thursday, Inside Minister Yuri Karayev publicly apologized to folks “by chance” caught up within the crackdown and mentioned he’d issued clear orders to not contact members of the press. This got here after days of alleged beatings of each civilians and journalists, each within the streets and in detention amenities, with grisly particulars rising in a number of media reviews.
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The Belarusian authorities have freed greater than 2,000 of these detained on Friday, however 1000’s extra are mentioned to stay behind bars, to date with out cost.
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