Today, August 22, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a pro-government rally in Grodno ordered the closure of enterprises participating in the strike from August 24. The rally was broadcasted by Ruptly TV channel.
"I ask the governors, the chairmen of the executive committees, - if someone does not want to work, do not force him. If the enterprise does not work, from Monday - put a lock on the gate. We will stop them, people will cool down. We will figure out who to invite to this enterprise," Lukashenko said.
It should be reminded that after the presidential elections, thousands of rallies have been held throughout the country for the second week. The authorities made an attempt to harshly suppress the protests, which only intensified the wave. All over the country, the largest enterprises are on strike, the inhabitants of cities are united in living chains in protest.
As you know, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the votes in the presidential elections, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - 10.1%.
“For the first time in a quarter of a century, a serious decision had to be made, bringing the main units of the Armed Forces to full combat readiness and transferring troops to the western direction,” Lukashenko said.
Lukashenko noted that an external factor has been added to the internal situation in Belarus - the “stirring” of NATO troops.
"However, what worries me most is that an external factor has been added to this internal situation. We see a serious stirring of NATO troops in the immediate vicinity of our borders on the territory of Poland and Lithuania," Lukashenko added.
According to him, the goal of the opponents is "to distract (attention, - ed.) From the internal situation and strain (create tension, - ed.) on the external border.