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16 September 2020, 17:29

Lukashenko: Time of barricades and rallies is over, we need to continue development

Aleksandr Lukashenko
Aleksandr Lukashenko

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – The time of barricades and rallies is over, we need to continue our development, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with Belarusian high-ranking officials on 16 September, BelTA has learned.

“Today we are coming out of the difficult period we had for the past two months. We are not even talking about the country, but only about Minsk and two or three other cities, where groups of eternally dissatisfied people tried to blow up the political situation and destroy our social stability, the main brand of our country. Our stability was the target,” the head of state said.

In his words, all this time the rest of the country has lived its usual life: people were growing and harvesting a rich crop, modernizing enterprises in larger volumes than last year, building houses, schools and hospitals, and getting ready to launch the nuclear power plant. “We are not standing still. We are constantly on the move. The country is developing, the welfare of people is gradually improving. I do not understand what other changes are needed. We just need to accelerate,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state believes it is very important that in such a difficult situation no one in the management, in the power block, patriotic associations and parties backed down. “I saw people in action and understood that I am surrounded by stable and loyal people to our Motherland. Thank all those who showed decency and reliability,” the president said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that, as he said in his Address, measures would soon be taken to strengthen the status of the civil servant.

“We have learned the main lessons. We know where and with whom we failed. We will soon eliminate the shortcomings (we have already started to do it). Please join in. We will deal with the problems on the domestic political front. This year Belarus should and will return to stability which we have always had in Minsk. The time of barricades and rallies is over. Now it is our time to continue development, movement forward with the help of reasonable changes and reforms,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Aleksandr Lukashenko added that it is not only Belarus which is “shaking” today. More than 40 countries have been covered by mass protests and revolutions in recent years. He gave concrete examples of continuous unrest in the United States, France, Germany, Bulgaria, persistent turbulence in Montenegro, Hong Kong and Russia. “The world will certainly not be the same anymore. Nothing new, I told you about it. The pandemic will be over, and where will we be? The world will not be what it was before the pandemic. Belarus, however, should and will return to normal life, including in the heroic city of Minsk,” the president added.

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