The Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrei Szwied warned that no organizer or participant in illegal activities could evade responsibility. Several thousand Belarusians took to the streets on Wednesday in response to the unannounced swearing-in of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the office of president.
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– All guilty parties will sooner or later be punished – announced Andrej Szwied, quoted by the state authority BiełTA. ̵
Szwied, who acted as attorney general from 9 September, said the attorney general’s office “was taking additional measures to stabilize the situation in the country, the most important of which is the inevitability of punishment for the protest organizers and participants, as well as the reimbursement of the to ensure material costs by the guilty “. – Starting today, a precise algorithm for cooperation (different state institutions) will be established to determine the value of the damage. The approach is one: you come in for an illegal act, you will pay a fine. And a big one, he announced.
Szwied said that “active efforts are being made to identify protesters and organizers”. “Over the next few months, the public will find out about this through open criminal cases,” he said. He also spoke of drawing conclusions against parents of underage children “who have been drawn into illegal activities”. Information about such parents should be passed on to guardianship institutions or public prosecutors.
Protests after “secret opening”
On Wednesday, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who according to official results in the first round of the presidential elections on August 9, received 80 percent of the vote, was sworn in for the sixth time in a row. Independent Belarusian media reported that the ceremony was held without prior notice and was not broadcast by state television networks, despite the fact that it was provided for in the Law “On the President of the Republic of Belarus”.
The leaders of other countries and the diplomatic corps were not invited to the ceremony.
In response to Lukashenka’s secret swearing-in, several thousand Belarusians took to the streets of Minsk, motorists and demonstrators blocked the streets, and in some places there was fighting with the militia and internal troops. The Belarusian Human Rights Center Viasna said at least 259 people were arrested during the protest.
“Who should know, knew”
Lukashenka announced on Thursday that “the inauguration complies with all legal regulations”. – In my opinion, all legal standards have been met. Whoever should find out about it knew it, said Lukashenka on Thursday at a meeting with the Chinese ambassador Cui Qiming.
The Belarusian leader said that some countries had “unconstructive” attitudes towards Belarus. – Neighboring countries, especially Poland, took some positions. Even at the inauguration yesterday, there is a kind of resentment, not resentment that we Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Czechs or anyone else did not inform us that we were going to hold this ceremony – he said.
In Lukashenka’s opinion, Belarus “has no obligation to warn anyone from Western countries or anyone about such an event”. In his estimation, this is an internal Belarusian issue.
To the allegations that the inauguration had been kept secret, he replied that around 2,000 people had been invited who could hardly be kept secret. – And if you didn’t know about it, where is your intelligence, where is the CIA, where is the German intelligence? Thousands of Poles walk here. Where were her eyes? Have them ask their interviewer why they didn’t anticipate them. Also take a look at the telegram channels. The day before they announced that the inauguration would take place on September 23rd – said Lukashenka and added: “Next time we will try to warn our neighbors, I mean Poles and Lithuanians, of important events.”
Protests after the elections
In Belarus there have been protests since August 9 against the falsification of the election results, which, according to official results, were won by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who received 80.1 percent of the vote. Be right. His rival, opposition candidate Swiatłana Cichanouska, was to receive 10 percent of the vote.
Lukashenka was not recognized as the head of the Belarusian state of the EU, the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Sweden and Denmark. The Polish Foreign Ministry announced that “a president elected in undemocratic elections cannot be considered lawfully in power, regardless of whether the swearing-in is secret or official”.
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