MINSK, 20 October (BelTA) – People should get complete information about the essence of ongoing processes and existing threats so that they could knowingly make conclusions and make decisions on their own. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during the government conference held to discuss the formation of the Belarusian People's Congress and amendments to election legislation, BelTA has learned.
Speaking about the election campaign, which is due in 2024, Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked it will have to proceed according to new rules and will not be easy. In his words, participants of the conference will have to find out what they lack regarding work according to the new rules, whether the measures to counteract attempts to disorganize elections are sufficient. It is necessary to prepare for it, he said.
He stressed that preparations should not be limited to responding to possible actions like “going out in short skirts and waving flowers about”. It is necessary to inform the population about the essence of ongoing processes and existing threats so that people could knowingly make conclusions and make decisions on their own. “You know, I've instructed defense, security, and law enforcement agencies to inform the people about what is going on. It is still a very important problem. Everyone says: ‘Here, it is a problem, Lukashenko wants to scare the people'. On the contrary! I don't want you to scare. I just want you to inform the people about everything going on, nearly 100% is publicly available. And may the people decide afterwards. If over the course of two years the nation has not realized what they wanted and still want to do to us, then it should listen and make decisions. If Belarusians want to go through troubles, they should just go ahead. If they want to live quietly and calmly, if they want to take a shower in the morning and the evening (although I think everyone has such an opportunity), if they want to bathe their little kids in warm water, if they want to live in warm homes with plenty of gas, oil, and the rest, if they want to have something for breakfast and dinner, if they want to have some clothes, if you want that (it is also an option), then clench your teeth and go ahead, do what I am telling you,” the Belarusian leader said.