MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – All fields of activity in Belarus – social, political – should be fully in sync with the state policy, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with senior local government officials to discuss topical social and political issues in Minsk on 30 July, BelTA has learned.
“The key principle is as follows: do no harm the state. Any field of activity – social, political – should be fully in sync with the state policy, alongside with the strict observation of the law,” the head of state said.
In his words, different people may have different opinions, but the calls to action against the country and the policy approved by the majority are inadmissible. “To say the least, this is the violation of so-called democratic norms,” the Belarusian leader is convinced.
“The next principle is the promotion of constructive initiatives. New conditions require non-trivial solutions,” the head of state continued. “Our main reserve is proactive and goal-oriented people committed to their country. Therefore, it is important not to restrain the energy of the society by playing it safe all the time.” The president warned that civil servants should not wait for any special instructions from him in this regard. “We should not stifle people's initiatives. It is necessary to support proactive and honest people in business and in politics,” the Belarusian leader said.
According to the head of state, feedback from the population is also important. “Today we need to be one step ahead in conversation with people. I will not say anything new here. Listen to people. With modern means of communication available, it is not a difficult task. You are aware of my main requirement: all decisions should be dictated by life itself and should prioritize people's interests,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president also mentioned such principles as the rule of law, mutual respect. “Legal norms are the rules of life that measure the normalcy of the society, the source of order, the basis of peace and stability,” he said. “There is an axiom: the freedom of one person ends where the freedom of another person begins. It is doubtful that those who were disturbing people's comfort by their noise, automobile horns, etc., were concerned about those moral principles.”
Aleksandr Lukashenko was also indignant at the fact that those who were asking the police to stop the anarchy received threats. The president demanded to nip such threats in the bud.
“We have withstood everything, but bullying of civil servants, and especially their families and friends, life threats directed at the country's patriots became a red line for us. This is my warning: those who have crossed or is going to cross this red line will learn the norms of morality and democracy in appropriate correction facilities,” the Belarusian leader said.
As for constructive criticism expressed in law-abiding forms, Aleksandr Lukashenko suggested studying collective petitions, especially those raising concrete issues. “There can be rational proposals. Our task is to study all of them,” he said.