August 12, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting with law enforcement officials and government agencies. He said that most of the protesters had a criminal record and were unemployed, as Belta news agency reported.
"The backbone of all these so-called protesters are people with a criminal past, who are unemployed today. If you don't have a job, it does not mean that you should just walk along the streets and avenues," Lukashenko said.
He clarified that everyone who wants and strives to work must have a job and a salary. Thus, the government should look into everyone who does not work and offer them a job.
“And I want to warn some of our, to put it mildly, bourgeois citizens: God forbid someone will issue fake employment certificates to someone. Everything should be honest and decent,” Lukashenko said.
As we reported earlier, the city administration of Minsk estimated the damage from the riots at more than 200,000 dollars
"The damage caused to the city economy as a result of the riots amounted to more than 203,000 dollars. This is an approximate cost of nine new ventilators or three X-ray diagnostic complexes," the message says.