BYPOL: Authorities may stage ‘terrorist attack’ on Freedom Day to impose emergency state

Protests in Мinsk. 14 August 2020. Photo: ТК / /

The authorities might stage sort of a terrorist attack on the eve of Dzien Voli, Belarusians’ unofficial Freedom Day, BYPOL, a campaign created by opposition-minded people who earlier belonged to Belarusian uniformed services, says on Telegram.

According to them, a terrorist attack on March 25 would ‘give free rein to the dictator to order the state of emergency in the country for ‘discrediting the protest movement and its complete neutralization by the State Security Committee (KGB)’. The crime is allegedly being in the making in one of the buildings of the internal affairs bodies.

On March 11, Alyaksandr Lukashenka expressed readiness to wage war inside the country; on the following day, Interior Minister Ivan Kubrakou secretly asked the Defence Ministry to place some military forces at their disposal if ‘mass riots’ continued on March 25, BYPOL recalls. A few days ago, Lukashenka accused supporters of the white-red-white flag of pro-Nazi sympathies.

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The campaigners warn the officials involved in staging the would-be attack that BYPOL which is fully aware of the details of the brewing provocation has provided the international community with information about it. They also called on civil servants and uniformed services not to maim or kill Belarusians for the sake of ‘preserving the power of the mad leader.

“We make it clear that no crime committed by you will go unpunished,” BYPOL said.

At the same time, the campaign’s members do not urge Belarusians to cancel their plans to mark Freedom Day. They called on protesters to be more careful and stay away from administrative buildings and, if possible, avoid using public transport.

Freedom Day (Dzień Voli) is celebrated on March 25 to commemorate the creation on that date in 1918 of the Belarusian People’s Republic (BNR). It came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional Government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate. Alyaksandr Lukashenka, his coterie and subordinates deny Freedom Day and keep barring the opposition forces from celebrating it.

As reported earlier, the opposition activists filed the application to Minsk City Executive Committee, asking them for permission to hold a march and a rally on the occasion of Freedom Day. However, they got a refusal from the city authorities which referred to the coronavirus pandemic and ‘calls from extremist Telegram channels’ to take to the streets. Moreover, KGB chairman Ivan Tsertsel said that ‘specific individuals were about to destabilise the situation in the country on 25-27 March.

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