MINSK, 20 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko spoke about the unauthorized protests in the country and the responsibility for illegal actions as he announced new appointments on 20 October, BelTA has learned.
The president drew attention to how the unauthorized protests influenced people's opinion. “Our people, especially Minskers, suddenly took the blinders off. They saw who is eager to come to power, who can come to power and what will happen to the country,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “They realized what they could lose. Minsk residents complain in the media that they cannot sleep at night, they cannot take children for a walk over safety concerns and so on. People realized what they could lose, and compare the Minsk at peace and the Minsk boiling, let be just on Sundays,” he added.
Speaking generally about the street protests in Minsk, Aleksandr Lukashenko highlighted their negative impact and warned about responsibility for unauthorized events. “It is bad that they are wandering around Minsk. It is bad that they are behaving audaciously. But we have changed our tactics,” the head of state said. “We will identify everyone with time. Modern means allow us to do it, and this is what we are doing, by the way. Everyone will be held accountable for their actions. I am not threatening here. We are working in this direction. This yields certain results,” he added.