The first day of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly is over; Lukashenko’s speech can be split into quotations; Aliaksandra Herasimenia wrote a powerful letter to Lukashenko; the European Parliament adopted a resolution against the BelNPP
11 February 2021 | Voice of Belarus
Lukashenko spoke at the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly – the best quotes from the speech
11 February was the first day of the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly. Only proven ideologists and pro-government deputies from all over the country were gathered there.
Once again Lukashenko demonstrated his obvious desire to stay in power with complete disrespect for the Belarusian people.
“I have nothing except for Belarus. I have invested my best years into this country… I will not give my country to anyone. It is ours.”
He openly admitted that the elections had been rigged.
“Frankly, our governors have a habit of competing with each other. And it is possible that some of them have added half a percent to two percent. But listen, you can’t falsify 80%. Well, if someone doesn’t like 80% let it be 76%. Let it even be 68%.” Among the protesters, he believes, up to 40% are unemployed. Moreover, they drive expensive cars and live in such a way that ’you never dreamed of’. ”The time will come and you will choose a new Lukashenko or even someone else.”
Lukashenko also addressed the EU: “Don’t teach us how to live, but help us financially.”
“Recently the Foreign Minister handed me a letter from a couple of Western leaders. What surprised me is the phrase ‘to the President of the Republic of Belarus, His Excellency A. G. Lukashenko.’ Listen, they write one thing, but in the West they talk about another. I read this and think – where is the truth? Well, at least they could have written to the ex-president, the former, or even addressed to the Belarusian people. But, nevertheless, I am grateful that they understand who is the boss in the house.”
In a response to this, a representative of the EU foreign policy service stated that a letter in which Lukashenko was named the President of Belarus had been sent to him on 9 June 2020. After that date, no letters had been sent to him. However, Lukashenko himself failed to mention this fact.
About Russia: “As long as we stand shoulder to shoulder, back to back, no one will put us on our knees or bend us” and “we will die for Russia.”
About the security officials: “Today I have many, unexpectedly many, supporters. These are not only people in uniform. Although they are simply good boys. They showed everyone that it is not in vain that they eat bread.”
Lukashenko about Belarus: “Today Belarus is the dominant height on the battlefield in the center of Europe. There is a fight. And everyone is involved in that fight. In the fight for this height.”
On the fear for his life: “If it turns out that the wrong people come to power and they have different views we will make it official that not a single hair will fall off the heads of the current president’s supporters. That is why I have suggested making the Assembly a constitutional body.”
About the coronavirus: “The drunks are less likely to get sick with the coronavirus. But this does not mean that you need to drink half a bucket a day. (…) Just one shot. No more.” During the speech, Lukashenko was coughing and saying that he was sick with Covid-19 again. Meanwhile, neither he nor the majority of those present were observing the mask regime. At the same time, delivering packages to political prisoners in prisons is prohibited due to the coronavirus epidemic.
He spoke about the ousted Muammar Gaddafi. According to Lukashenko, the latter was “crucified and impaled” because he wanted to make Libya and all of North Africa happy.”
Olympic champion Aliaksandra Herasimenya wrote an open letter to Lukashenko
The chairman of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation (BSSF), an Olympic champion, Aliaksandra Herasimenia, wrote an open letter to Lukashenko with an appeal to “admit defeat and leave with dignity as it is customary in sports”. The All-Belarusian People’s Assembly, the famous athlete believes, is a mockery of the Belarusian people. Alexander Lukashenko’s speech is an imitation of dialogue and yet another lie. “You hold on to power as hard as you can, despite the fact that your hands have already been smeared in blood up to your elbows. You destroy those who disagree. You have ruined almost every industry in the country by not putting in charge the real professionals but rather those who know how to agree, keep nodding and follow your personal orders. I really hope that during the assembly, organized by you with threats of dismissal from jobs and under pressure, the Belarusian people will hear from you the most long-awaited words – ‘I’m leaving’. It will be the best you could do for Belarus.”
The European Parliament adopted a resolution against the BelNPP
With a majority of votes, the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding to suspend the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP). The resolution notes that the construction of the BelNPP and its future operation pose a possible threat to the European Union, the health of its citizens, and the environment. The concern is that the station is located 50 km from Vilnius and in close proximity to the borders with the EU countries. MEPs urge to suspend the launch of the station until all the recommendations of the European Group of Nuclear Safety Regulators (ENSREG) are fulfilled. In the resolution, the BelNPP is called “an insufficiently transparent geopolitical project of Belarus and Russia”.
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