MINSK, 29 October (BelTA) – It is necessary to protect worker collectives. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he appointed his new aides for Brest Oblast, Grodno Oblast, and the city of Minsk on 29 October, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We have to protect worker collectives. The instruction applies both to Grodno and Brest. They say that about 100 people went on strike at Grodno Azot. After the situation was closely examined, it turned out that a lot of people, who are not employed by Grodno Azot, were involved. This is why it is necessary to protect the workers that want to work. Not only workers but teachers, doctors, and so on.”
“All those who don't want [to work], those who want to stage rallies… I already said yesterday or the day before yesterday that those people must be kicked out into the street. It will be easier for us to sort them out in the street,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.
“Today we are in an extremely hard situation. We have to treat people from diseases just like the rest of the world does. In addition to COVID-19 we now have to deal with other respiratory diseases since the season is open,” the head of state remarked. “I don't feel good when I hear that some doctor has raised this collaborationist flag. Not to mention teachers (truth be told, I haven't heard of that recently).”
Aleksandr Lukashenko also drew attention to protest actions in theaters: “People come to listen to an opera or watch a play. They [protesters] buy up tickets in advance, stay for two or three minutes to take a photo, and run away.”
This is why Aleksandr Lukashenko gave instructions to examine the work of those, who are responsible for security in the relevant cultural establishments: “What were they busy with that they failed to see it? And after they saw it, what measures did they take? No measures,” he stated.