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‘You’re getting used as cannon fodder’: Lukashenko urges individuals to STAY HOME, blames protests on international meddling

‘You’re being used as cannon fodder’: Lukashenko urges people to STAY HOME, blames protests on foreign meddling

President Aleksandr Lukashenko has referred to as upon Belarusian residents to not “go into the streets” and to 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. At the least 6,700 individuals 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 “navy man,” he has no different choice than to cope with the unrest, nevertheless.

“Would you like me to sit down and wait till the entire of Minsk is the wrong way up? We’ll stabilize the scenario later,” the president mentioned, promising to “cope with” the foreigners who allegedly got here to Belarus to participate within the unrest.

Lukashenko has supplied some knowledge to cops, who’ve notably been far more lenient to protesters since final night time, saying they shouldn’t be beating susceptible and defenseless individuals. On Thursday, Inside Minister Yuri Karayev publicly apologized to individuals “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 services, with grisly particulars rising in a number of media experiences.

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The unrest unfolded in Belarus after the presidential election, held on August 9, the results of which Lukashenko’s opponents declare was grossly falsified. The nation’s authorities, nevertheless, keep that the vote rely was truthful – in accordance with the ultimate figures, the long-term chief of Belarus secured a strong re-election, gaining greater than 80 % of votes. Lukashenko’s closest competitor, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya obtained a mere 10 % assist, but claimed to have received the election.

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