GOMEL, 20 November (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko promised to reveal more information about the things that are currently hot topics on Telegram channels as he visited the agricultural machinery company OAO Gomselmash on 20 November, BelTA has learned.
The head of state was asked about attempts of the opponents to fan up tensions in Belarus through the internet. They talk about well-known people, spread various fakes. “If you mean the latest leaks in Telegram channels about some conversations or negotiations related to the death of this guy... If this is the case, I have to say that now is not the time yet. I ask you to be patient. Next week we will tell everything. Believe me, it will be very interesting,” the president noted.
Aleksandr Lukashenko added that the fake news are planted ahead of every Sunday. “The funeral of this man is today. They wanted to gather crowds for it. His family, however, said that they wanted to bury him quietly, in a Christian way. Even Catholics (this man was of Orthodox faith) offered the Red Church for the wake in order to redirect these crowds into the city center. Thank God there are reasonable people. The family asked everyone to stay out. The pressure is really huge. They wanted to gather crowds,” the head of state said.
“It didn't happen, the family refused it. What did the opposition have to do? They had to leak something. So they did. Nothing else will happen till next week. Just you wait. We will tell you everything: what happened, how it happened, who organized it and so on. You'd be surprised but it will be interesting,” the president added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that he studied Karl Marx's works at the university and that he uses one of his phrases all his life. “He always asked people to question everything (we had the saying ‘trust but verify'). Whatever you do in life. Even if it is absolutely obvious, question it, think again, double check it and you will not make mistakes. Question more. Take your time before making a decision,” the Belarusian leader said.
Speaking about the events in and around Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that "we are now under attack”. “They started with a blitzkrieg, flowers and so on. Then they went radical, calling for strikes. Workers didn't respond. What could the opposition do to keep protests up and running and move forward? They suggested yard protests. I said recently: for some yard protests are fun, and for us - a hotbed of civil war in the spring with shootings, killings. What will we do next?” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
In his words, the world's most powerful intelligence services are working against the country. “The USA has set up a center near Warsaw. Now they have set up another one in Kiev. You may not believe me but the Belarusian intelligence service together with Russia's has looked into these centers. Not a single Polish national works there. The USA is just using the territory. All specialists over there are Americans, smart, talented, capable people,” the president said.
The head of state said that today the internet and modern technologies are used to sow unrest around the globe. “They did it all, interfered with other countries' elections, and now they are facing the music themselves. They set out to destroy Belarus for some reason. They will not succeed,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“Next week we will reveal more details,” the Belarusian leader said.