GOMEL, 22 December (BelTA) – Seven people have been arrested for an attempt to commit terrorist attacks. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with Gomel Oblast senior officials on 22 December, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “The internal affairs minister reported it to me. Between yesterday's afternoon and today's night six or seven people were arrested for attempting to carry out terrorist attacks. We simply watched, waited, and filmed actions of some of them. Everything was recorded. Against civil servants, particularly against officers of the prosecution service. They have even started targeting judges. Seven people have been arrested. We are searching for one more. We will find him. It seems he has fled to Russia. But he will be brought to us.”
The head of state also talked about actions of the opponents – those, who are trying to raise tensions in the country. “We know what kind of changes they want, how they are going to boycott the referendum. Their most important goal is to infiltrate the government apparatus. This is why keep it in mind. Be careful with personnel recruitment. Be very scrupulous and careful. Because together with police, the KGB, the prosecution service, and the Investigative Committee we are still rooting out these scoundrels. A press secretary of [the Belarusian mobile carrier] A1 was detained the other day. He was a central figure among them. He took data and leaked it all.”
“All these crimes, which are committed allegedly under the radar: writing an inscription somewhere, placing a white-red-white flag somewhere, something else, a pin… Those are terrorist intentions. Here is an example. Some scoundrels have been captured for cutting car tires and the rest. You definitely should take a look at how they behave after that. We should show it to people. They are so brave until we catch up with them,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted. “This is why they are wretched. So what if you puncture a tire? Is it worth spending 15 years in prison? This is why they start playing mean tricks like that. What for? Money again.”