Under the decree of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, more than 80 Belarusian military and members of the security forces were deprived of ranks. No specific names were given, only that they were people who supported the protests after last year’s presidential election. In the opinion of a significant part of Belarusians and international opinion, they have been falsified.
The press service of the Belarusian president, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, released a statement on Tuesday that over 80 military and law enforcement officials had committed “discrediting acts”. The leader of the Belarusian regime issued a decree which deprived these persons of military and special ranks. No specific names were given.
“They threw out ID cards, torn off epaulets”
“During the escalation of the political and social situation in the country, in order to destabilize it, they fueled protest moods, organized and participated in illegal rallies, posted extremist materials on the Internet, called for radical action,” argued the press service in a statement.
She added that “they published the personal details of government officials, journalists and officers” and “made accusations, insults and threats against them.”
“By discrediting the honor and dignity of the uniform, they demonstrated a lack of respect for state symbols, threw away their ID cards, torn epaulets, refused to perform their official duties. Many of them were subjected to criminal cases, including for the organization of acts of terrorism” – it was written further.
According to Lukashenka’s press office, these actions do not correspond to the status of a military and an officer of the law enforcement structures, and the procedure of removing military and special ranks was initiated by the bosses of the demoted.
Protests after the elections in Belarus
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, protests against their rigging broke out in that country. According to the official results, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who was seeking the fifth re-election, “definitely” won in the first round (80.01% of the vote). The opposition candidate Swiatlan Cichanouska, who enjoyed great public support, was to receive only 10.1 percent of the vote.
The authorities suppressed the demonstrations resorting to massive repression. Mass arrests took place. The protests have now waned, but the opposition has announced that they will resume in the spring.
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