MINSK, March 5 (Itar-Tass) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko considers right the authorities’ actions to crack down disorders in Minsk after the December 19 presidential elections.
“If it were to happen again tomorrow, I would do the same thing I did at that time. I would protect the house of government as it has to be done according to the constitution,” Lukashenko said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday.
“We hoped that Americans and Europeans were interested in this country being independent and sovereign and in developing their relations in a good way. Unfortunately, after the events of the 19th of December, we were sure that you didn't want that,” he said.
“We told you clearly that there is no less democracy in Belarus than there is in the United States,” the Belarusian president stressed.
Commenting on the lawsuit against opposition activists in Belarus, the president said, “When the time comes, I will tell you about it. It is not necessary at the moment. Only the court can make a decision about those people… I understand that you have been instructed to act as an attorney on [this] one particular matter. But you will agree that any parent who has children must think of his children and the consequences before acting. I am not personally aware of the families where the parents would be away from their children… These two people were detained as the central people who were to blame for the disturbances, and it is only because they have a little child that the mother was released.”