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10 June 2022, 13:25

Belarusian municipal authorities encouraged to see grassroots initiatives to forestall biased NGOs

MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – Government agencies and public organizations have to see initiatives of citizens to forestall the emergence of biased not-for-profit organizations. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the national seminar-conference held on 10 June to discuss new methods and forms of public communication at the grassroots level, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We, executives, may sometimes fail to see initiatives of the population. We may not know how to integrate them into the state construction process. We may not let people feel their involvement and let them be useful. And people want to be useful.”

The president admitted that the authorities as well as public associations and trade unions overlooked this demand of the population at some point. All kinds of fringe-dwelling organizations bloomed and prospered because of that.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked: “They lured people with seemingly noble ideas, which acquired political colors at the right time. We saw it in 2020. Driven by the desire to help people in need, take care of the environment, and protect pets and animals, those people became hostages of destructive forces controlled by the West. It turns out that these not-for-profit organizations, societies for the protection of little doggies and cats, and animals have never protected anyone. And were not going to. Under this fashionable front they promoted politically biased people and we were glad about it. Top executives were paid a lot, they gathered you know what kind of people and paid them a bit, too. Those people had been kicked to the curb by the society and rightly so. And those people were at the forefront in 2020.”

In his opinion, it happened due to the forbearance demonstrated by government agencies at all levels. “Little islands emerged in our society and absorbed everything we should have fought against. And reaped the rewards. It is good that the process is going tough now. I'd like government agencies to understand that the society has to be protected from these wretches,” the head of state said.

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