GOMEL, 18 August (BelTA) – Two years ago a coup d'état was prevented in Belarus, Chairman of the Standing Commission on Education, Culture and Science of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Igor Marzalyuk told journalists at the dialogue platform “Historical memory - the basis of national and civic self-identity” in Gomel, BelTA has learned.
Professor Igor Marzalyuk is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences, Doctor of History. He suggested looking at the events of August 2020 in retrospect. “At the meeting with Gomel residents we shared our thoughts about extremism and Nazism, the nature of these processes, how to deal with them and how to get a vaccine against a disease that is worse than COVID-19,” he said.
Igor Marzalyuk emphasized that it was only thanks to the unwavering position of the president, the authorities and the parliament that the country managed to hold out at that time. “We didn't let them set our house on fire, start a civil war, and that was exactly what external forces wanted. They wanted blood, hatred and dreamed of an outright massacre on the streets not in a European, but in an African style. But we did not allow this to happen. We showed that Belarus is a normal country with healthy civilized people who will not resort to violence to solve their problems. We were able to localize the evil with minimal losses and not let our country be destroyed. We stopped what could be called a coup d'état. This is the most important thing,” he said.
The speaker believes that the society is able and willing to independently develop their country. “With the help of the constitutional reform, we will look for new ways to develop and modernize the political system, change it for the better in a positive and evolutionary way, step by step, without hatred and taking into account the fact that we have no other motherland and that Belarus is for all. Everyone should hear what another person has to say, and to realize that the louder you scream, the worse they hear you. After all, goodness and democracy are not built on hatred and the multiplication of evil,” he said.
It is important to talk about historical memory, stressed Igor Marzalyuk. He recalled that the textbook on Belarusian statehood will be available in all universities of the country on 1 September.