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22 October 2020, 13:52

Opinion: Possibility of dialogue was followed by escalation of conflict in Belarus

Sergei Lushch. Photo from sozh.info
Sergei Lushch. Photo from sozh.info

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – As soon as a possibility of dialogue in the Belarusian society became real, the protests immediately picked up steam, co-chairman of the Union civil initiative Sergei Lushch told the ONT TV channel, BelTA informs.

“As soon as a possibility of a nationwide dialogue became real, we immediately saw an escalation of violence, an escalation of the conflict. Why so? The so-called representatives of the Coordination Council said: it is in their interests not to transform the system, but to come to presidential power when it still retains broad authorities,” Sergei Lushch said.

In his opinion, statements about the ‘interim president' in the person of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are deceitful. “With such powers, you can turn the country upside down, break the established traditions and erode all the achievements, because today the presidential power is practically unlimited,” he noted.

Member of the House of Representatives, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Belarus Oleg Gaidukevich, in turn, stressed that the dialogue cannot be held in the language of ultimatums, which some representatives of opposition forces use. “Many of these politicians, including external forces, do not want Belarusian people to be consolidated, they do not think about democracy and freedom. When Poland, Lithuania or any other country says that it is worried about our democracy, it is not sincere. They think about their national interests,” the politician is convinced.

“If you burn a tire, call for radical action, block a road - it has nothing to do with changes in the country, democratization, freedom. This person does not think about the Constitution: he/she burns a tire,” the MP added.

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