Statkevich: The most Christian candidate’s smear job

“Now, after the dust settled, and not a single political campaign is scheduled, we can discuss all that happened then. And it is worth discussing: the most Christian candidate’s behaviour did come at a cost. In my case files there are three denunciations he made – one on me (before the elections), one on Dzima Us and one on all Ploshcha participants,” political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich wrote in his letter.

Ex-presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski, co-chairperson of the organisation committee of the Belarusian Christian Democracy, has rebuted this information when interviewed by media.

In his letter, Mikalai Statkevich deems it wise to delve everything connected with the 2010 presidential election. “It is us who have started to consider cowardice, treachery, denunciation on associates as normal practice. People who cannot appreciate such “norms”<…> will turn their back on such “leaders”, parties and opposition in general. We are not able to “hire” a movement for changes. People may be attracted only by ideals. In this case, one should correspond to them. We do not need words, we need acts,” the politician says.

“Postflight analysis”

During opposition leaders’ meeting to talk over the political developments of 2010 Vital Rymasheuski stated that they “should have taken the lead”. “We made a fatal mistake not having negotiated our scenario,” he said. Later another former presidential candidate Uladzimir Niakliayeu told Belsat that opposition did prepare for peaceful protests: there were tents, extra sound equipment just in case, food supply, etc. In his opinion, the authorities were far from entering into talks with the dissenters counting only for use of force.

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