Belarus president denies repression, accuses US of ‘lawlessness’
Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko denied Monday that state repression exists in Belarus, whereas answering questions from native and overseas media. He additionally invited members of the general public to ask questions through the press convention in Minsk.
“Utilizing repressions in Belarus could be akin to capturing oneself,” Lukashenko mentioned, as he confronted questions concerning the violent crackdown on protesters following final 12 months’s disputed presidential election.
In response to a query on repression and the imprisonment of political opponents, Lukashenko accused the US of “lawlessness,” citing the January 6 riot and invoking false claims concerning the US presidential election outcome.
His feedback got here on the identical day that US President Joe Biden issued an govt order designed to financially goal members of Lukashenko’s regime concerned within the crackdown.
“Are you creating lawlessness in lots of components of the world and speaking to me about repression?” Lukashenko mentioned.
“There was no repression on my half, no,” he continued.
Lukashenko additionally commented on latest CNN report regarding a attainable jail camp for Belarusian political dissidents positioned an hour’s drive from Minsk. Lukashenko sarcastically advised his press secretary to take CNN again to the camp for an additional look.
“A query from the CNN firm, which just lately found focus camps in our nation. Natalya Nikolaevna, take her to this camp of political prisoners and present her what they confirmed…Take Yura Voskresensky, he’s from the opposition, and you’ll see every thing by yourself, you’ll be able to see this camp for political prisoners your self,” Lukashenko mentioned, referring to an opposition figure-turned-ally.
Following the publication of CNN’s report final week, Belarusian state TV channel, ONT, broadcast video and drone footage on Friday from what seemed to be the identical location.
The ONT broadcast mentioned the ability was an armaments depot for the Belarusian navy’s air protection division and featured an officer and one other particular person on digicam detailing its contents, whereas claiming locals have been conscious of the ability’s objective. The report additionally confirmed the inside of what it mentioned have been the identical buildings, which contained navy gear.
Lukashenko’s press convention befell on the identical day that the White Home issued an govt order concentrating on these within the Belarusian regime suspected of involvement within the repression of human rights and democracy within the former Soviet state.
It was launched on the one-year anniversary of Belarus’ election, which was declared fraudulent by america and sparked widespread protests all through the nation.
“One 12 months in the past right this moment, the folks of Belarus sought to make their voices heard and form their very own future by that the majority fundamental expression of democracy—an election,” Biden mentioned in an announcement Monday.
“Somewhat than respect the clear will of the Belarusian folks, the Lukashenka regime perpetrated election fraud, adopted by a brutal marketing campaign of repression to stifle dissent.”