In Minsk ended the campaign in support of Lukashenka and the opposition
Today in Minsk hosted two of the action — in support of Alexander Lukashenko and the opposition rallies. About how events developed in the capital of Belarus — in the material RIA Novosti.
First, at the Independence square gathered supporters of the President. In front of them was the head of state himself.
First Lukashenko thanked the participants. According to him, the square was about 50 thousand people. In turn, the interior Ministry reported 65 thousand gathered.
The President said that it was not his fault that they had come to the city center.
"I don't want you to call on this area. I am not a supporter of the protests," he said.
The head of state noted that supporters gathered not to protect and to preserve the independence of the country.
During his speech, Lukashenko rejected the possibility of re-election. The President said that some countries "are ordered to hold a new" vote.
"If only we go on about them, we'll crack into a tailspin and never stabilize the airship. We will perish as a nation, as a people, as a nation," he said, expressing confidence that the elections were held, and 80 per cent cannot be falsified.
According to Lukashenka, a new election to turn the country, which then "has never come out of the swamp."
"We want to weaken. Who will conduct these elections, who will go on these elections? Thugs and thieves. Go to the polls — and who will work? Go to the polls — die, and want it there, abroad," — said Lukashenko.
He also responded to opposition demands to resign.
"They shout at me: "Go away!" No question! No question, no question! But to kill and tear they will be us and our children! Remember this," — said the head of state.
According to him, if the Belarusians "will ruin the first President it will be the beginning of the end".
"We should not be a latrine for Europe", — he addressed to the audience.
Lukashenko said that "the opposition will not give a quiet life".
"Even if they calm down now, they'll crawl out like rats from their holes after a while. They are run by the wrong people — the puppeteers," said the President.
The head of state stressed that it will never be scrapped Belarus.
"We offer soldier of the NATO — black, yellow and blond. We want to wear sandals and drive a whip. Do you not see it? If someone wants to — without me. I will never be scrapped our state," he said.
Lukashenko also spoke about the reforms.
"I want to ask you: what do you want now? You want freedom? Tell me, what? Do you want change? What that will change? You want reforms? Tell me, what, tomorrow will begin," the President said.
Lukashenka also suggested that changes to want to "helicopter money".
"You know, there's no "air" helicopter money, that money should be earned every day and not on the area, and factories and factories", — said the head of state.
Commenting on the strike, he asked employees not to quit jobs, "because then they won't come back".
In conclusion, Lukashenko once again thanked the audience and appealed to Belarusians.
"I stand before you on my knees for the first time in my life! You deserve it," he said. These words were a figure of speech.
After his speech people started to disperse.
Towards the second half of the day near the Stela "Minsk — hero city" began to gather protesters. There also came the opposition leaders, in particular chief of staff Victor Babariko Maria Kolesnikova and former presidential candidate Andrey Dmitriev.
From there they headed to the center of the city on the prospectus of Winners and both banks of the river Svisloch. After some time, the protesters came to Independence square. As passed the correspondent of RIA Novosti, there were tens of thousands.
Protesters filled the square and began chanting slogans. The atmosphere was peaceful, the police did not intervene.
The protesters also gathered about two prison, where, presumably, contain the opposition, in particular, Babariko and blogger Sergei tikhanovski, husband of the former candidate Svetlana Tikhanovski.
The protesters demanded the release, they claimed that political prisoners and promised to come to support the detainees every day.
Closer to the evening rally at the jail ended. In addition, opposition supporters began to disperse from the center of Minsk in different areas. On Independence square remains a small number of people, they walk on the sidewalks with flags.
As noted in the interior Ministry, the rally ended without any incidents and arrests.
In Belarus, August 9th presidential election in which Aleksandr Lukashenko, according to the CEC, gained a little over 80 percent and his main rival Svetlana Tikhanovski — 10.12 percent.
The opposition, these results are not acknowledged and demanded new elections.
Also, the protests began. In the early days they were harshly suppressed by security forces who used rubber bullets, stun grenades, water cannons and tear gas. Later, police stopped using such methods.
According to the interior Ministry, during the riots injured hundreds of people, among whom about 120 security forces, one protester was killed.
In the first days of the protests were detained about 6700 people.