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18 Aug 2020

Opposition’s coordinating council described as attempt to seize power in Belarus

Opposition’s coordinating council described as attempt to seize power in Belarus

MINSK, 18 August (BelTA) – The coordinating council set up by the opposition is an attempt to seize power with all the ensuing consequences, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with members of the Security Council on 18 August, BelTA has learned.

The head of state commented on the situation that is developing inside the country. “The new element is an attempt to lull the authorities, especially the law enforcement: they say ‘we are peaceful, we are nice, we no longer want confrontation’. This is not exactly true. This is a smokescreen. If you look behind it, you see what is happening," Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

First, the president noted, they have set an opposition headquarters in the country for power transfer. “They are giving us a different angle. They demand to hand over power to them, no less. We see it unequivocally: this is an attempt to seize power with all the ensuing consequences,” the Belarusian leader said.

“I would like to warn the members of this headquarters that we will take adequate measures, in strict compliance with the Constitution and the law. They provide for sufficient measures to calm some hot heads,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state also commented on members of the opposition council: “Some of them were in power or close to power once. They were kicked out, hold a grudge. Others are outright Nazis. Just take a look at the names.”

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