President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed the city authorities of Minsk to restore order in the city this week. On Tuesday, November 17, the agency reports. “BelTA”…
“The point is to restore order in Minsk. Without any barbarity. <...> This week order should be restored in Minsk, ”Lukashenka said.
The statements of the head of state, according to the agency, were made in connection with the unauthorized protests taking place in Minsk.
On the eve of the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Olga Chemodanova said that 35 protest actions took place in the republic last Sunday, while the number of their participants decreased and activity decreased. More than 700 people were detained in total.
In addition, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus confirmed that on November 15, special equipment was used against the protesters in Minsk.
Lukashenko said last week that the opposition forces, if they come to power in Belarus, could ask the West to send troops into the country.
He assured that the oppositionists who left Belarus would not be able to take the country “lukewarm”, and the authorities, he said, would try to maintain the current standard of living, despite the difficulties in the economy.
Presidential elections were held in Belarus on August 9. According to the Central Election Commission, Lukashenka won. Those who disagreed with this outcome took to the streets, and citizen discontent spilled over into massive protests across the country.