MINSK, 13 August (BelTA) – An active color revolution has stolen a march on peaceful protests, independent military expert Aleksandr Pavlovsky told the ONT TV channel on 12 August, BelTA has learned.
“I believe that an active color revolution has got in before peaceful protests. It had started before the election was over. People were already out behaving aggressively. It is obvious that there is a program, there are puppet masters who had planned and arranged everything before the election,” Aleksandr Pavlovsky said.
In his words, a color revolution is usually followed by a civil war and later an intervention. “We see that some representatives of western states (Poland) and America came forward with their offers to broker talks, though we did not ask them about it. There are people from Russia, Ukraine, Poland and other states who came here to take part in street actions. All this is done to have an impact on our country. However, we have a normal society that has its own opinion, culture, stance; we can find a solution to peacefully resolve protests,” the expert believes.
Director of the Center for Strategic and Foreign Policy Studies Denis Bukonkin shares this view. “A peaceful protest is the right enshrined in the Constitution of Belarus. However, building barricades, throwing bottles into public authorities, provoking clashes – this is not a peaceful protest, but a marginalized approach to showing disagreement. It is obvious that these people have the necessary experience judging by how fast they managed to build barricades and find pyrotechnical devices. This is certainly a non-peaceful protest,” the expert concluded.