At his inauguration on Wednesday, Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that he is taking office as President of Belarus with a sense of pride for fellow citizens who have not renounced their beliefs, Belta reports.
“The day of inauguration of the president is the day of our victory with you, convincing and fateful. We did not just elect the president of the country – we defended our values, our peaceful life, sovereignty and independence. And in this regard, we still have a lot to do”, – noted the Belarusian leader.
He also indicated that the current year will go down in the history of Belarus as an extremely emotional period.
“An unprecedented challenge was thrown down to our statehood – the challenge of repeatedly worked out reliable technologies for the destruction of independent states. But we were among the very few – even, perhaps, the only ones – where the “color revolution”did not take place. Nobody wants to lose the country”, – Lukashenko noted.
Moreover, he has no doubt that these events made it possible to make sure that the vast majority of Belarusians love their land, wish it peace, tranquility and prosperity.
“Despite the devilishly sophisticated nudges from the outside, we retained respect for each other”, – Lukashenko added.
Strikes and protest actions engulfed Belarus on August 9 immediately after the presidential elections, which were won by the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko – according to the CEC, he gained 80.1% of the vote. His rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, according to official data, took second place with 10.1%. Its headquarters did not recognize these figures, considering that the opposition candidate gained significantly more than 50%.
In response to the protests, the security forces used tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing the rallies and using force.
However, since the beginning of September, unidentified people in civilian clothes, masks and with special equipment in their hands joined the dispersal of the opponents of the authorities. They pursued the demonstrators, and if they managed to catch up with them, they took forceful actions against them.
According to official figures, in the first days of the demonstrations, almost seven thousand people were detained. As reported by law enforcement officers, hundreds of people were injured in the riots, including more than 120 law enforcement officers. Three protesters have died.
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