Lukashenko angers pro-democracy opposition with the creation of Soviet-style ‘All-Belarusian People’s Assembly’

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Belarus’ Aleksander Lukashenko’s has created an “All-Belarusian People’s Assembly” to debate reforms and the nation’s growth for the following 5 years, prompting an outcry by pro-democracy opposition, which sees the move as an try of the long-time ruler to cling to energy. 

“A color revolution in Belarus was impossible. That is why, by getting support from certain domestic forces, attempted to organize not a color revolution, but a mutiny on the principle of a blitzkrieg. The blitzkrieg failed. We have managed to hold our country,” Lukashenko mentioned through the opening ceremony of the Soviet-style meeting, on February 11. 

Reacting to the move, Franak Viacorka, the senior advisor of Belarus’ opposition chief, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya mentioned in a Twitter submit that “Lukashenka denounced six months of protests against his rule as a foreign-directed ‘rebellion’.”

“Speaking to 2,700 loyalists of the All-Belarus People’s Assembly, he charged that ‘very powerful forces’ abroad were behind the protests,” he added. 

In a press release issued the identical day, the US Embassy in Belarus mentioned that “this ‘All-Belarusian People’s Assembly’ is neither genuine nor inclusive of Belarusian views and therefore does not address the country’s ongoing political crisis,” and referred to as for an  inclusive dialogue by free and honest elections.

“Belarusians expressing their opinion about the All-Belarus People’s Assembly. It is held by Lukashenka and his officials today in Minsk, and it is so fake. Fake elections, fake inauguration, fake democracy. The regime holds Belarusians hostage” tweeted Tikhanovskaya, who has been recognised by the EU because the official President of Belarus.