MINSK, 29 October (BelTA) – We need to ensure the safety of students who want to study and to provide them with a possibility to study in peace, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he appointed new aides in Brest Oblast, Grodno Oblast, the city of Minsk, BelTA has learned.
“Safety of students is a very important issue. We are all criticizing students today. We must understand that they are normal people except for 10-15 troublemakers. We were students once. We remember that one did something, others followed him being afraid to be called renegades, traitors. They are crowd-driven,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also commented on the intention of some students to go abroad to study. “Some want to go abroad to study. Poles, Lithuanians and others invite them. No problem. We will get them tickets tomorrow, let them go. The linguistics university teaches foreign languages. Believe me, there are plenty of people in Poland, the Czech Republic and even in Lithuania who speak foreign languages, English or German,” the Belarusian leader noted. "Someone will be invited to stay there. These will be few: physicists, mathematicians, talented people,” he added.
“If they think to study there, they must understand that they will be brainwashed there likes Poles brainwash our guys who study there, and will be sent here as a fifth column... This will not happen,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.
“I have issued relevant instructions to the government. In the near future, measures will be taken on non-recognition of diplomas received abroad,” the head of state said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that he speaks so openly for students to understand what can happen. “The state gives them an opportunity to get an education. But I repeat again: we need to ensure the safety of students who want to study, and this is 95% and more of the student population, and also the safety of rectors, university administration and professors,” the head of state said.