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28 July 2020, 11:34

Lukashenko about street actions: No one is allowed to kick policemen

MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – Attempts to attack law enforcement forces should be nipped in the bud, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he inspected Military Unit No. 3214 of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs on 28 July, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Minister of Internal Affairs Yuri Karayev, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs – Head of the Internal Troops Yuri Nazarenko, Commander of Military Unit No. 3214 Vladimir Zhiznevsky, Commander of the Special Rapid Response Unit Aleksandr Bykov and Commander of the Special Purpose Police Unit of Minsk Dmitry Balaba.

Aleksandr Lukashenko greeted the military and noted that he had seen footage of one of street actions in Minsk where people attacked the police and some of protesters even kicked a policeman. “You should not let it happen. You should understand that this is your home country and no one is allowed to attack you. Do not respond to provocation, but protect police officers. Otherwise we might end up nursemaiding like in the kindergarten,” the president said addressing Commander of the Special Purpose Police Unit of Minsk Dmitry Balaba.

The head of state familiarized himself with the military hardware of the internal troops and the Special Purpose Police Unit of Minsk. He saw special-purpose vehicles LIS-PM, Volat, Hishchnik, Tsunami, assault barrier vehicle Rubezh. These vehicles can be used to conduct counter-terrorist and special operations, and for defense purposes. The president was also shown a drill of the special forces battalion.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also visited a dormitory that had recently been built in the territory of the unit. The head of state was told that the dormitory is to be commissioned in August. It has 116 studios and 26 one-bedroom apartments. It is primarily meant for single servicemen. It might also be used to provide accommodation for fourth-year students of the Internal Troops Faculty of the Military Academy .

“We need more housing like that. People like it and they would want to live here,” the president said inspecting the apartments.

According to Yuri Nazarenko, the list of Internal Forces servicemen in need of housing features 1,800 names. All in all, 472 apartments have been built across the country with the support of the state since 2015. In line with the state investment program, 331 apartments and this dormitory have been commissioned. There are plans to build an apartment building across the dormitory.

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