President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko addressed the protesters and said that if he left, they would "be beggars and walk with an outstretched hand." Lukashenko said this in an address to the people at a pro-government rally in Minsk, Tut.by reports.
“Remember: you will destroy not Lukashenko, but the first president, and this will be the beginning of your end. You will be on your knees. You will be poor and walk with an outstretched hand,” Lukashenko said.
He also said he was ready to carry out reforms.
"I want to appeal to those who are lost today, who are disoriented: what do you want now? Freedom? Tell me what? Changes? What kind, what are we going to change? Do you want reforms? Tell me which ones, we will start tomorrow," Lukashenko said.
At the end of his speech, the President of Belarus sarcastically saying that the elections were interesting.
“I warned you: the elections will be interesting, and after the elections it will be even more interesting. I was right,” Lukashenko said.
As reported, today a rally in support of the president began in Minsk near the government building. The rally was supposed to begin at 12:00, two hours before the start of the opposition protests.
After the presidential elections, thousands of rallies in Belarus have been held throughout the country for a week. The republican authorities attempted to harshly suppress the actions, which intensified the protest waves. All over the country, the largest enterprises are on strike, the inhabitants of cities are united in living chains in protest.
According to the final data of the CEC, the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko received 80.1% of the vote, his main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - 10.1%.
During the protests, the police brutally detained the protesters, used flash-noise grenades and rubber bullets against them.