Lukashenka threatened students with conscription for participation in protests
Students of Belarusian universities can be canceled the deferral from the army if they participate in protests. This was stated by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Belta agency reports.
“They are beginning to encourage students from a political point of view: on September 1, you come to class – go out into the streets and so on. <…> You must understand that we gave the guys a respite from the army for the duration of their studies at the university. Well, they don’t want to study, then the homeland must be protected, ”Lukashenka said.
According to him, the Minister of Defense has already addressed him on this issue.
“I imagine what will break out after that. They will start reproaching me for intimidating students to send them to the army. Well no! I repeat: whoever wants to learn, he will learn, he will have this delay. Whoever goes outside or does not want to study, we will take measures according to the law, ”Lukashenka added.
He also assured that “we can handle the street.” “About 3 million people took part in rallies in support of peace, tranquility, and the incumbent president. <…> Our electorate is calmer: veterans, pensioners, specialists. They know their business, they work. Therefore, we will have that number of people – 80% who voted for us, ”Lukashenka said.
On August 9, rallies began in Belarus demanding the resignation of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who, according to the CEC, won 80% of the vote in the presidential elections.
On August 16, the authorities began to hold rallies in support of Lukashenka in Minsk and other cities.
Earlier Lukashenka said that teachers who do not support the “state ideology” should not work in schools.