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12 February 2021, 16:42

Plans to amend riot control regulations in Belarus

MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – There are plans to amend the legislation on suppression of riots, provocations and breaches of law, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said taking stock of the results of the 6th Belarusian People's Congress in Minsk on 12 February, BelTA has learned.

“Whether someone likes it or not, the process has been launched. I have instructed various government bodies to draft appropriate legal acts. It is important not only to suppress all kinds of riots, but also to retain an image of a civilized state, so that everyone, having examined these laws, could see what the consequences will be for certain actions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

According to him, the parliament will pass the relevant laws in the near future.

A reminder, speaking at the Belarusian People's Congress on 12 February, Chairman of the State Security Committee (KGB) Ivan Tertel said that Belarus passed the peak of protest activity and returned to normal life. “Belarus is one of the few countries that stood its ground despite the toughest scenario. Whether the behind-the-scenes players want it or not, the peak of protests has passed, the country has returned to normal life and is back on the growth track,” he said.

Speaking about the developments of the fall of 2020, the KGB chief called them ‘a failed coup' orchestrated from abroad. Ivan Tertel also named methods and techniques used to split society and attempts to change the constitutional order. According to him, they included a massive brainwashing campaign, disinformation and fakes, fueling of protest sentiment, use of sophisticated political technologies to build a public profile of the so-called leaders of change, organization of street riots, disruption of the operation of companies and educational institutions, unprecedented pressure on law enforcement and security personnel, civil servants and their families.

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