President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the protests that took place in Belarus on August 9 were managed from abroad. Lukashenko said this during a meeting with the Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Sergey Lebedev, as Belta reports.
“We saw them - they showed themselves even clearer this night. We recorded, as you know, as a former agent, calls from abroad. From Poland, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic, they were controlling our, excuse me, sheep: they don't understand that they are doing, and they are already being controlled,” the president said.
Lukashenko added that citizens Russian and Ukrainian came to Belarus to take part in the protests.
“In general, they are trying to control the process from abroad. I'm not even talking about Poland. Everyone has already settled there and is also starting to pull the strings. I'm not talking about Ukraine (they were coming from there). I'm sure it's not state policy, but there are enough of those Maidan-crazed people I was talking about. There were, unfortunately, a certain flow of people from Russia,” the head of state said.
Earlier, Alexander Lukashenko stated that he would not allow a Maidan in the country, no matter how much someone wanted it.
It was reported that 50 protesters and 39 law enforcers sustained injuries during the mass riots in Belarus.
On the presidential election day, August 9, the Belarusian police apprehended more than 120 people.