Lukashenka: Armed groups trained in Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania up to provocations in Belarus

Armed militants who were trained and instructed in Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania have been detained in Belarus, the presidential press service reports with reference to Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

When the Belarusian leader was visiting Kronospan company in Mahiliou, he was asked by one of the employees about stepped-up actions of the so-called fifth column and opposition organizations, reports.

“As we can see, they have been on the alert, they have been preparing and waiting for the right time,” Alyaksandr Lukashenka answered.

” They have not only been on the lookout for the proper moment. We have already detained several dozen [persons] who were trained how to deal with weapons in [special] camps. By the way, one of the camps was located not far from [the Belarusian towns of] Babruysk and Asipovichy. The other camps were in Ukraine and, if I am not mistaken, somewhere in Lithuania and Poland. The funds [for them] were sent through Poland and Lithuania to us [Belarus]. We have just detained a few dozen militants who were up to an armed provocation,” he states.

“Thank God that real Belarusians let us know about it when visiting the European Union. A woman came to our embassy and warned us in an official letter that a provocation was being mounted. And we began to deal with the situation. Indeed, very interesting things have come to light,” Lukashenka stressed.

On Monday, president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that Belarusian opposition activists were trying to destabilize the situation in Belarus with the help of the West.

In February-March, there has been an eruption of protesting the so-called ‘parasite’ law in Belarus. The decree signed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka in April, 2015 established the obligation of the citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens permanently residing in Belarus, stateless persons, who did not participate in the financing of public spending or participated in such financing less than 183 days (six months – ed.) in the past year, to pay a fee of 20 basic units (appr. $230).

Police abuse in Mahiliou, 15.03 (ENG subtitles)

About 200 Belarusians have been detained, fined, jailed after recent non-parasite marches. Last week, trials of participants were held in Minsk, Hrodna and Mahiliou. Most of them were accused of violating the order of holding mass events and disobedience to police officers’ demands. It should be noted that plainclothes policemen who refuse to show their IDs a or introduce themselves often beat people and prevented journalists from performing their professional duties.

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