Eastern Europe

Lukashenko calls protests attempt to revive Nazism

15:27, 30 December 2020
Lukashenko calls protests attempt to revive Nazism Photo: CTK Photo/Michal Kamaryt/Global Look Press

The attempt to revive Nazism in Belarus has failed despite financial injections and direct foreign involvement in protests across the country, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said.

Lukashenko voiced the opinion during his visit to a special police detachment of the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee, BelTA reported.

The leading role in organizing street riots is played by foreign puppeteers and their henchmen-collaborators, who have failed to show their political significance in any other way, Lukashenka said.

He noted that enthusiastically marching with white-red-white flags and portraits of the Fuhrer had already been seen in German newsreels. The politician expressed confidence that 'the attempt to revive such a thing' now 'has practically failed. '

Lukashenko added that the glorification of Nazism in a country that has lost every third of its citizens (in the fight against Nazi Germany) is impossible.

In Belarus, mass protests have been going on for almost five months. They began after the presidential elections on August 9. Citizens participate in street processions, considering the voting results to be rigged. Security officials often disperse protesters using violence.

As a symbol of protest, the opposition uses the white-red-white flag, the official state symbol of the Belarusian People's Republic in 1918-1919 and post-Soviet Belarus in 1991-1995. The early use of the flag on modern-day Belarus' territory was in 1514 as the cavalry flag of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the battle of Orsha. Now the state does not recognize the flag, considering it too nationalistic.

According to the Belarusian Central Election Commission, 80.1% of voters chose the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko on August 9, while 10.1% voted for his main rival Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The opposition and Western countries did not recognize the results of the election.

The Ukrainian authorities do not plan to impose sanctions on Belarus or join other countries to support such an initiative, NEWS.ru reported earlier.