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16 January 2021, 11:05

Opinion: Government that cannot defend itself and its citizens is worthless

Dmitry Zhuk
Dmitry Zhuk

MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) – The government should be able to defend itself and its citizens, otherwise it is worthless, Director – Editor-in-Chief of the Belarus Segodnya publishing house Dmitry Zhuk said in the Editors' Club program on the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“The government should be able to defend itself and its citizens. If it cannot, it is worthless. What others (neighboring states, political opponents) will think of it is another story,” Dmitry Zhuk said.

The participants of the program discussed the recent events in Washington and compared the storming of the Capitol with the attack on the House of Government in Minsk in 2010. The two events happened against the backdrop of the presidential election. “What's the difference, you'd ask? In both cases, the crimes were committed by people who were dissatisfied with the election results. In Belarus, the mob was pushed back with the help of non-lethal weapons, in Washington – with both non-lethal weapons and firearms,” Chairman of Belteleradiocompany Ivan Eismont pointed out.

He noted that the international community branded the U.S. protesters as rioters and terrorists. However, in Belarus' case, it accused the Belarusian authorities of supressing the people's will and imposed sanctions.

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