Lukashenka: ‘Militant groups’ getting ready to stage riots during election

The process of collecting signatures should not turn into unauthorised rallies and mass events, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said at Tuesday’s meeting with top Belarusian siloviki.

Everyone spotted in committing aggressive acts against law enforcement officers shall be put to justise, he warns.

“At present, the threats are currently coming fast and furious against civil servants, heads of precinct election commissions and their families. What’s all this? I am going to ask the law enforcement agencies, especially Prosecutor General, Chairman of the Investigative Committee, and the Interior Minister to keep a strong focus on it. If there are threats emerging, it is nothing but a criminal offence that shall be prosecuted under criminal law,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

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According to Lukashenka, the current developments are unfolding under a certain preconceived scenario; the participants are ‘just performers’, but it is their ‘sponsors’ who do the masterminding.

“First, representatives of some initiative groups abuse the right of campaigning to rock the situation and destabilise the social and political situation. Then they will form teams and groups of militants who may want to organise riots. This is what they are calling on people to do. The response is evident. You understand this perfectly well,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.

However, the head of state has not named the candidates whose initiative groups are allegedly planning to form ‘groups of militants’.

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