A Belarusian security forces official gave an interview regarding the ‘retired veterans’ who joined the protesters’ ranks and demonstratively threw out their uniforms in protest.
“Well, that is how it goes: while all the troops were improving themselves and training, the ‘protester’ valiantly repaid his debt to the Motherland on a bed in the medical unit. It was hard for him, his legs hurt,” the statement of the Belarusian military, who noted that such an act from such people “is not at all surprising”, he said in the interview with RT.
The Belarusian opposition has repeatedly called on the security forces to go “to the side of the people.” The opposition-established Coordination Council issued special appeals to law enforcement officers.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus responded to the call of the opposition to take their side.
The department flatly refused to join the “columns of protesters”.
According to a spokesman for the ministry, some sided with the opposition due to online censure or some personal interest. However, she noted that she was not ready to condemn them.
A reason could also be that the families of some security forces personnel were receiving death threats online and were getting phone calls with threats.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya rejected claims that the opposition wants to close the frontier with Russia, rubbishing the idea that the country wishes to turn away from Russia.
“People are saying that we want to shut down the borders with Russia,” she told Polish news portal Onet. “This is nonsense.”
Tikhanovskaya also refused to discuss any Russia-specific policies, noting that all decisions would be made by a future elected president.
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On August 25th, speaking to the European Union, Tikhanovskaya explained that the Belarusian opposition is now the majority, calling the uprising a “peaceful revolution.”
“It is neither a pro-Russian nor an anti-Russian revolution. It is neither an anti-European Union nor a pro-European Union revolution. It is a democratic revolution. It is the striving of a nation to decide for itself,” she said.
These claims are evidently entirely false, since the heavily anti-Russian policy that her platform campaign promised can still be found online.
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