Lukashenko: Today they come in large numbers here from Poland, Holland, Ukraine
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with members of the security Council urged the country’s citizens not to participate in the protests, reports the press service of the President of Belarus.
“Stand down you are now on the streets! Understand that you and our children used as cannon fodder! Today they come in large numbers here from Poland, Holland, Ukraine, with the open Russia, Navalny, and so on and so forth. Is aggression began against the country,” – said Lukashenko.
He said he could not complain to anyone.
“Tell me: how a military man to act? Me what to do in this situation? You want I sat and waited for Minsk flipped up? So then we don’t stabilize the situation. Therefore, it is necessary to stop, take the head in your hands and to calm down. And give us clean, to deal with those who come here,” said the President of Belarus.
In his opinion, the organizers of the protests are “people from abroad”.
“At the forefront are people with a criminal record, while a decent criminal record. Well, and where our children where not exactly have children,” – said Lukashenko.
From the 4th to the 8th of August took place in Belarus early voting for presidential elections and the August 9th primary. For President ran five candidates. According to preliminary data of the CEC, the most votes scored nanashi the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko (80,2%), second place went to the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovski of 9.9%. The other candidates received less than 2%. The CEC plans to announce final election results on August 14.
Elections were held in Belarus without independent international observers. After the polls closed on 9 August in several cities the protests began, which lasts to the present day. Protesters accuse the authorities of rigging the election. They gather in the evening to protest, and at night differ. To disperse the protesters, security forces used lethal weapons, in particular in Minsk they used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannons.
At the moment we know about the arrest about 7 thousand protesters, at least two people were killed, hundreds were injured and wounded.
Foreign States and international organizations called on the Belarusian authorities to refrain from violence. Such statements, in particular, made by the US, EU, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and others. In the US and the EU stated that the elections in Belarus were not free and democratic.