President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the spontaneous self-organization of society at protests in Belarus is a myth, according to the official website of the Belarusian leader.
He made this statement at a meeting with the country's political activists. According to him, the allegedly spontaneous self-organization of society, as well as "the ripening of the so-called revolutionary situation," the illegitimacy of elections "are all myths.
He stressed that these myths "are completely shattered by an in-depth analysis of events that took place long before the electoral campaign of this year," and added that everything that is happening at the moment in the country is not "something unexpected or new."
Lukashenko recalled that in the 1990s, too, “thousands and thousands of people took to the streets, overturned cars, threw Molotov cocktails on the first floors of the then not current boutiques and shops, but into the windows of ordinary people”.
Mass protests in Belarus began on August 9 after the presidential election, which was won by the incumbent head of state Alexander Lukashenko, gaining 80.1% of the vote.
The head of the Main Directorate of Internal Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, Andrei Parshin, earlier said that after the protests in Minsk 43 criminal cases were opened due to threats of violence against police officers, and 21 people are also being held as suspects.