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11 September 2020, 18:41

Prosecution service to step up efforts to find masterminds behind riots in Belarus

Aleksei Stuk
Aleksei Stuk

MINSK, 11 September (BelTA) – The work to find those, who organize mass riots, will be stepped up, BelTA learned from Deputy Prosecutor General Aleksei Stuk.

According to the source, on 10 September the head of state updated the tasks the public prosecution service has to accomplish in order to meet today's requirements. The head of state stressed that this year the country has to return to the safe period that existed not so long ago and that Belarus is known for. In line with the legislation the Prosecutor General's Office demanded that government agencies, including the Internal Affairs Ministry, the Investigative Committee, the Emergencies Ministry, the Healthcare Ministry, the Education Ministry, the oblast administrations, and the Minsk city administration should take measures to address violations and shortcomings in the sphere of public law and order and the observation of people's rights.

The Prosecutor General's Office pointed out that every government agency should organize work to determine all kinds of damage caused by unauthorized rallies and make sure the damage gets offset. The official specified that the damage may include all kinds of damage to city infrastructure and the cost of work of special services. Aleksei Stuk specified that criminal prosecution may be enforced if the damage exceeds 40 base amounts.

The official pointed out that as of 11 September law enforcement agencies will step up efforts to crack down on such actions. More efforts will be put into finding those responsible for the damage, particularly masterminds behind mass riots. The public prosecution service will constantly analyze the state of public order in populated localities, the state of discipline in enterprises and companies, will detect reasons and conditions conducive to violations of the law. All the law enforcement agencies have been tasked with promptly detecting illegal associations of citizens such as self-defense associations, self-government associations, and militia. If laws are violated, the operation of such associations will be suppressed immediately, the official said.

Failures of heads of government agencies and other organizations to take measures to maintain law and order will be prosecuted. It is important to establish communication with labor collectives, the official noted. If attempts to halt manufacturing processes are detected, the public prosecution service will respond immediately.

Aleksei Stuk noted: “I would like citizens to think about whether their actions violate rights of other people or not before taking such actions. Maintaining public order is a necessary condition for a dialogue in the society.”

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