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01 March 2019, 17:13

Lukashenko opines on France's reaction to Yellow Vest protests

MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko commented on democracy in France as he met with community leaders, experts, Belarusian and foreign media on 1 March, BelTA has learned.

“Who taught us democracy first of all? The European Union did. France was the bulwark of democracy there. Who used tear gas against Yellow Vests not long ago? Did you think the democracy in France was about this? No. Here is your democracy. As soon as it affected not even the fundamentals of the state but the power of Macron whose resignation the protesters demanded, they resorted to tear gas, water cannons in winter, rubber bullets instead of batons,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The participants of the protests in France also demanded to stop further privatization, including the privatization of railways. “How much will such democracy cost and what benefits will it bring to French people and the state? This is what we should look at,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed. “It is more than just private ownership, freedom, etc.”

The head of state also said that one of the questions which were sent to BelTA by its readers came from a Belarusian from the USA who asked about private and public property. A person living in the country of capitalism urges to keep public property.

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