MINSK, 4 August (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko gave his take on the ongoing electoral process as he delivered his annual address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 4 August, BelTA has learned.
“I see what is going on during this election. You, just like members of election commissions, are under massive pressure. It has come to the point when members of election commissions have started to receive threats and affronts. You should know that the government will take care of you and will protect you. We have brought these extremists to justice. Therefore, just take it easy and do not worry about your safety or the safety of your children. I guarantee it to you,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko told those who want another president: “Do not take to the streets, go to a polling station and cast your ballot. Keep in mind that the president is the head of state, your state. In line with the Constitution he embodies the unity of the nation and is the face of the country, your face.”
In this regard the head of state noted that those who are trying to encourage protests and divide people into ‘us' and ‘them' will rip the society and then the country to pieces. “It has always been like that. Just look around,” the president said.
“We are not muzzling anyone. Any criticism, any views, any disputes – everything is possible, but in strict compliance with the law. If a rally is allowed, go ahead and speak your mind, which is in case happening right now. If a rally is not allowed, keep in mind that this is an outright violation. Not only the organizers, but also any participant of an illegal street action will be treated as offenders,” the Belarusian leader noted.
He emphasized that there are no extraordinary requirements, one just needs to stick to the law. “If you break the law, the response will be immediate and tough,” Aleksandr Lukashenko warned.