- What will be her next step? They said - we will release political prisoners. Why? Seryozha (the husband of Tikhanovskaya, against whom several criminal cases have been instituted. - ed. note) is also sitting there. Serezha will come out of there, and there will be no re-elections. He will steer, she will read. Well, are we idiots, do not we understand this? No re-elections, - RIA Novosti quotes Lukashenko's words.
In addition, the President of Belarus said that after that no one would release the ex-candidate Viktor Babariko, because he "would only interfere with them later".
Maria Kolesnikova, an associate of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, said, however, that she had not heard of Lukashenka's proposal.
Lukashenka has already indicated that there will be no re-elections. At a meeting with the workers of the Minsk Wheeled Tractor Plant (MZKT), where he flew with his son Nikolai, the president said that "you will never expect me to do something under pressure".
"There will be no (elections). Because there will be no MZKT, no MAZ, no BELAZ, we will destroy everything in six months", - Lukashenk0 promised the citizens.
On August 17 it became known that new strikes were taking place at the enterprises of the republic.
Earlier, on Sunday, August 16, Lukashenko made another promise. He said that Belarus "will perish as a state" if repeated elections are held.
Meanwhile, Lukashenko's opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya insists on a new vote. She assured that she was ready to “take responsibility and act as a national leader during this period,” so that the country “calmed down, entered into a normal rhythm,” and political prisoners would be released.
Let's remind that the presidential elections in Belarus took place on August 9. According to official data, Lukashenko won with 80% of the vote, while Tihanovskaya won 10%. The public refused to acknowledge such results. On the same evening, protesters took to the streets of Minsk. A wave of riots swept across the republic. Protesters were harshly detained and beaten by the police. The attitude of the Belarusian security officials caused indignation of the world community. Later, the UN demanded to investigate the torture of Belarusian citizens.