On Monday, August 9th the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stated that peaceful actions “did not have any smell” at the protests that took place in the country last year.
“You said that last year’s peaceful protests. And there was brutality on my part… What kind of peaceful actions are these, take even now look at the images on the Internet, when explosions, firecrackers, all sorts of explosives were flying around? […] Therefore, there was no smell of peaceful action,” he said at a meeting with journalists and members of the public.
In addition, Lukashenka said that he personally gave commands to restore order during the protest actions after the presidential elections in the country. In this regard, he urged the public not to look for the guilty.
Among other things, the Belarusian president said that he did not carry out repression during the protests in the country, but accepted the rules of the game of “bandits,” who, under the guidance of U.S. intelligence services, invaded the republic from the territory of Poland and other countries.
Lukashenko also called a fake the allegations of torture against the detained protesters in the detention center on Okrestina street in Minsk. According to him, they were all bruised in the streets in a clash with the security forces.