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06 December 2021, 13:30

Lukashenko: Share of opponents of the state in Belarus has always been close to 10%

MINSK, 6 December (BelTA) – The share of opponents of the state in Belarus has always been close to 10%. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he authorized the appointment of heads of municipal government agencies on 6 December, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Be very diligent as you select people and analyze the situation. We don't want to repeat the 1930s (things didn't happen the way they are described now, but nevertheless) when sweeping decisions were made regardless of those affected. We cannot fight against one another: whites vs reds, one-on-one. Never ever. You have to carefully and patiently figure out things. The share of people, who are our opponents (not those who think differently but those who oppose us), has always been close to 10%.”

The president admitted that the authorities might have poorly interacted with such people. Now their kids have grown up and some of them do not support the government policy either. “Not all of them are traitors and saboteurs,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added. “Many boys and girls of the opposition may have their own point of view but they work in the country. This is why I want you to be very careful.”

At the same time the head of state stressed that there must be no traitors in the government system. “We cannot be self-complacent. If you are an oppositionist, please, go to the opposition so that people could see that you are an oppositionist while this is the government. If you oppose the government, feel free to express your point of view,” he noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said he was confident that ordinary Belarusians would probably have a hard time explaining what the opposition wants. “If you remember, we've said [what they want]: dissolution of the union with Russia, closer ties with NATO, reformatting of the church, prohibition to speak Russian and so on. They are hiding these intentions now. Sociological studies indicate that people support the policy we are now pursuing,” the Belarusian leader stated.

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