Ministry warns against ‘illegal actions’ during People’s Congress convened by Lukashenka

The security agencies are taking all the necessary measures to ensure public safety, since lots of people are arriving in Minsk in the run-up to the Belarusian People’s Congress, the press service of the Belarusian Interior Ministry reports.

The two-day Belarusian People’s Congress, which the authorities call ‘the country’s main social and political event of five years’ is to kick off on February 11. Nearly 2,400 delegates and over 300 guests are expected to show up at the event.

“The main task of the police these days is to prevent offenses, explain the rules of conduct and responsibility. At the same time, law enforcement officers will not allow any unauthorized rallies against the background of an important social and political event. Law and order will be enforced: any illegal actions will be suppressed, and each of them will be given a legal assessment,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes the ministry’s spokeswoman Volha Chamadanava.

Ms Chamadanava urged Belarusian citizens to ‘show respect for each other’. Meanwhile, detentions and trials of protesters and dissidents continue in Belarus.

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