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21 October 2020, 13:46

Belarus' MP: Dialogue gives a voice to people with different views

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MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – A dialogue gives a voice to people with different opinions, BelTA learned from Yelena Potapova, a member of the State Building, Local Self-Government, and Regulations Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

“The dialogue is important because it gives an opportunity to be heard to people with different points of view and visions of the state system. ‘Everything is bad, let's just tear it down', is, unfortunately, a popular stance. At the same time, there are people who are indeed ready to get down to a serious, continuous work, and this is good,” Yelena Potapova said.

According to her, many people grew tired of the protests. “As a member of the House of Representatives, I get calls from ordinary citizens, including the elderly, who are disoriented because they have lost track of what is happening in their familiar and understandable world. They feel insecure and vulnerable. In fact, the main task of the state system is to retain control over political and economic processes in our society,” the MP noted.

Street protests are a no-win option, Yelena Potapova stressed. “The president was right when he said that the Constitution is not written in the street. People are depersonalized in the street and hence do not bear responsibility for their words and actions. By contrast, when people speak in their own name, they have a different attitude. Moreover, serious work lies ahead of us, as amendments to the Constitution will affect a lot of laws. I would also like to point out that some people, who attend discussions dedicated to the amendments to the Constitution, confuse the notion of law enforcement practice, i.e. the actual activities to enforce laws, and the need to introduce new things to the legislation to keep up with the changing situation in the society and the country. It is important to understand what we are trying to change,” she added.

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