MINSK, October 29. / TASS /. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the Belarusian police and military will not leave the streets, including Minsk, against the background of mass protests in the republic.
"Someone wants the police and military to leave Minsk? This will not happen while I am president," Lukashenko said on Thursday when appointing new assistants in the Brest and Grodno regions, as well as in the city of Minsk, BelTA informs. – These are my functions and powers – to protect the peace and peace of our citizens, so it will be in the future, they (the protesters – approx. TASS) should know this. "
Lukashenka confirmed that he personally gave the order for tough actions by the security forces during the dispersal of protests in Minsk on Sunday, October 25. “Look what is happening, today I’m reading reviews: oh, Lukashenka gave the command to work last Sunday at dusk, as I said, in the sleeping areas. Listen, I’m the commander in chief. , – stressed Lukashenka.
According to him, the new assistant in the Brest region, and before that the Minister of Internal Affairs Yuri Karaev, does not need to make excuses for the actions of the security forces. "He said correctly yesterday: how else could the police have done when they (the protesters – approx. TASS) flooded, broke down the doors and rushed into people's apartments. We did not know for what purpose they came there, proceeded from the worst, and we protected families, "Lukashenka said.
Presidential elections were held in Belarus on August 9. According to the official data of the Central Election Commission, the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.10% of the vote. Second place with 10.12% was taken by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who did not recognize the voting results. Immediately after the voting results were summed up, mass protests began in Belarus, which in the first days resulted in clashes with law enforcement officers. The opposition Coordination Council, created in the republic, calls for further protests. The authorities demand to stop illegal actions. On October 25, a march of many thousands was held in Minsk under the name "People's Ultimatum" at the call of Tikhanovskaya; it was harshly dispersed by the security forces using special equipment.