Eastern Europe

Tsikhanouskaya says Belarus security officials to be recognized terrorists

23:29, 20 November 2020
Tsikhanouskaya says Belarus security officials to be recognized terrorists Photo: tsikhanouskaya/t.me

The Special Purpose Police Detachment (OMON) of Belarus and the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (MDCOCC) of the Belarusian Internal Affairs Ministry will be recognized as terrorist organizations, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said.

Tsikhanouskaya made the statement during a meeting with the Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, according to her official Telegram channel.

Since the MDCOCC and the OMON have turned into criminal gangs, we are starting the procedure for recognizing these organizations as extremist or terrorist, she stressed.

According to Tsikhanouskaya, all employees of these organizations, who do not quit before the investigation ends, will become accomplices. They will be subject to sanctions, and their property will be seized.

Only those security officials who will take the people’s side can count on amnesty, the opposition leader stressed.

Belarusian citizens express disagreement with the results of the presidential election held in August. According to official data, head of state Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth term, gaining 80.1 percent of the vote, while opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya won 10 percent. The protesters consider the election results to be rigged.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that the OSCE was against recognizing the Belarus elections.