Lukashenka treats the people who are ready to defend the independence of Belarus as the ‘fifth column’, Mikalai Statkevich says.
The 2010 presidential candidate and former politican prisoner has responded to the Belarusian leader’s blasting opposition during the Victory Day celebration in Minsk on May, 9.
“Regardless of a person giving orders, they are real patriots who are willing to fight for Belarus. Young men arrested over the case of the patriots do not belong to the opposition. Lukashenka’s fear of his own compatriots people is greater than that of an outside threat. He is afraid of armed people. Therefore, our independence is threatened.
He can abandon the country to an enemy if he sees that he cannot save it. He will not fight. He will take money and flee. He will betray us.
If Victory Day is a national holiday, why they did not allow people to take part in the celebration? In previous years, they held marches, but not this year! They were alive of the theoretical possibility of people taking to the streets and cancelled a march.”
About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club Patriot, Young Front activists, historians, as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail soon after president Alyaksandr Lukashenka had spread the word about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus. According to him, these ‘armed militants were trained and instructed in Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. Later, such claims were voiced in films and shows aired on state-controlled TV stations.
20 arrestees were charged with establishing an illegal armed group In accordance with Article 287 of the Criminal Code.