Lukashenka: Heads of property associations to be held responsible for protests in houses

“Considerable money” was spent eliminating traces of the protest, complains Lukashenka. And then there is the “experience of Kazakhstan.”

Sample photo. An apartment house in Lebyazhye, Minsk. August 18, 2020. Photo: Belsat reader

Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with the leadership of the Council of Ministers on January 13 and announced a decree to increase responsibility for the chairmen of the boards of associations of property owners. They will be held responsible for “the operation and maintenance of the common property,” BelTA writes.

“We’ve all seen the damage to buildings, facilities, and public property as a result of the so-called protest actions. “Thank God that they have not burnt the capital as they did to the financial capital of Kazakhstan,” said Lukashenka.

He did not say what the damage of the protests to the buildings was. During the protests, Belarusians hung national flags on buildings. When fines and arrests began to be imposed for this, they hung sheets of paper in national colors on windows. They were punished for this and then even arrested and tortured for a TV box in the “wrong” colors.

“Huge sums of money were spent eliminating the consequences and restoring order,” complained Lukashenka.

Lukashenka blamed the protests on the facades, not on ordinary Belarusians but the chairmen of property associations. He also said that “the experience of Kazakhstan allows drawing harsh conclusions and acting just as tough in the prevention of such cases. He did not specify how harshly Lukashenka was going to act against chairs of associations for the actions of their residents.

Meanwhile, state symbols are sometimes installed against the will of the residents. For instance, in Novaya Baravaia district, near Minsk, not only were red-green flags hung on high-rise buildings, but guards were assigned to them, and the residents were required to pay for the guards. Aggressive people in red-green uniforms walked around the streets there armed with knives and pasted red-green stickers on the windows (the white-red-white stickers can even be prosecuted under Article 341 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus).