President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 23 July at a meeting in Minsk has demanded to expel journalists who, in his opinion, call for mass riots”. About it reported a press-service of the President.
“The government, the Ministry of foreign Affairs all sit, waiting for the command of the President. What kind of attitude to country? BBC, “Freedom”, “Free Europe” and so on, these streams… I’m not talking about tendencies, but they call for mass riots. Why you say this? You are accredited here,” he said.
He believes that stringent measures must be applied, despite the pre-election period.
“It is not necessary to wait for any end of the electoral campaign. To be expelled from here, if they do not abide by our laws and called people to the Maidan. Repeat will not, despite the fact that we entered this difficult electoral period. Well this is not the case – an insult for insult. Okay, I was smeared inside and out. Already attacked innocent the chairmen of election commissions. And they have families, children,” – said Lukashenko.
In Belarus is scheduled for August 9th inivory President. The CEC registered five candidates. For the post of the head of state claimed by incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski, co-Chairman of the Association “Tell the truth” Andrey Dmitriev, ex-Deputy Anna Konopacka and leader of the Belarusian social-democratic party Sergey Cerecer.
One of the main opponents of Lukashenko, banker Victor Babariko was taken into custody June 18, a day before the deadline, which is given to collect signatures for the candidate. It was accused of financial crimes. Also, the CEC withdrew from the race diplomat Valery Tsepkalo.
In Minsk held a protest against the persecution of opposition politicians. The police detained participants, as well as journalists.