Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko spoke to workers in the Dziarzhynsk region (southwest of Minsk) on Friday August 21 on the protests that are continuing in his country after the controversial August 9 elections . He assured that he was going ” solve the problem “, and accused the United States of ” lead “ the protesters. The disputed president also told workers that ” this [devait] not [les] worry ”.
“This is my problem, which I need to solve and we solve it. And, believe me, in the coming days, that will be resolved ”, he added, quoted by the state-owned Belta news agency. He then implied that the protesters were paid: “You are workers, you know that money is earned like this [par le travail]. Sometimes it wins in the street, but it doesn’t last long. ”
The president in power for twenty-six years has also accused the United States of organizing these demonstrations, in order to create a “Cordon sanitaire [regroupant] the three Baltic countries, [la Biélorussie] and Ukraine “ to isolate Russia. “The United States is planning and directing all of this, and the Europeans are playing the game. A special center has been created in Warsaw”, he assured.
Opposition leader challenges Lukashenko
Mr. Lukashenko, who claims to have won the election with 80% of the vote, but is faced with a protest movement unprecedented in this former Soviet republic, refuses since the beginning of the crisis to dialogue with the opposition, which denounces frauds and organizes daily demonstrations in the country.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya on Friday challenged the president, claiming that the Belarusian people do not“Will accept[it] never again ” his leadership, as the government launched legal action against the opposition.
“The president should know by now that we need a change”said Mme Tsikhanovskaya to reporters in Vilnius in her first intervention since taking refuge in Lithuania on August 11. Belarusian people “Will never accept the current leadership again”, she assured.
The opponent, who claims victory in the August 9 presidential election and denounces fraud, “Hope that common sense wins, that people will be heard and that there will be new elections”.
Mme Tsikhanovskaya made it clear that she would return to Belarus when she “Will feel[it] safe “, while the Belarusian authorities on Thursday initiated proceedings for “Attack on national security” against the “Coordination council” formed by the opposition to promote political transition after the August 9 election.