MINSK, 4 August (BelTA) – Young Belarusians should not make rash decisions driven by emotions. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement in his address to the nation and the parliament on 4 August, BelTA has learned.
The head of state noted that freethinking and indifferent people have been raised in Belarus since the country became independent. “We hurt because of that in some places,” Aleksandr Lukashenko pointed out. “It is on the feelings of justice and indifference of our young people that the adversaries base unprincipled technologies for involving young Belarusians into the political process. Focus is shifted from rational interpretation and understanding of the end goal towards emotional recognition of individual events, pictures and videos in social networks.”
“Things like ‘Don't be a slave', ‘Don't let them steal your vote'… Easy to remember, easy to pronounce. Once you hear it, you can repeat it for the masses. There is no need to think about it,” Aleksandr Lukashenko cited the examples. “But it is necessary to think about it so that people wouldn't feel pain due to decisions made under the influence of emotions. Nobody is going to steal anyone's votes regardless of accusations saying we censor things. We were the ones to create the country where the voice of young people is clearly heard.”
“Including the voice of a group of graduates of the Lyceum of the Belarusian State University, to which the state granted unique preferences in the past,” Aleksandr Lukashenko continued. “A new building was erected in the center of the city and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Top professors were hired. An admission system that does not rely on connections and privileged tutoring but knowledge and diligence of the prospective students was established. In such educational institutions we've raised a new free generation that rebukes us now.” The head of state compared the situation to relations between parents and their children. At some point in time the child says he or she is tired of the parents' attention. “Fortunately, there always comes a time when the child comes back and thanks the parents. But for that to happen, the kid shouldn't burn down the house of the parents before venturing into the adult life so that the kid could have a place to come back to instead of crying tearfully over the ashes,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president reminded that it is better to learn from someone else's mistakes instead of someone's own. “This is why I would like to ask you to stay rational regardless of the pretenses they use to involve you in political games,” he stressed. "Musicians will continue writing songs. Paintings will live out people and will give joy to many generations. Symbols, which are part of the history and culture, will not be prohibited and forgotten. The Belarusian language will always remain in our every heart and will stay the foundation of state independence."
The president once again drew the attention of parents to the need to keep an eye on their kids' behavior in the current complicated situation. “It is necessary to insure the young people against destructive acts. Puppet masters will fail but our people can be hurt,” the head of state said.