“Pay attention to how many appeals come from the former military, Afghans. How many men, but what are there men, how many women say: take us to the squads, we can do a lot. Why not attract former servicemen to our detachments and give them weapons? They can help us a lot, ”Lukashenko said, adding that every Belarusian involved in the squad should feel that he stood up to protect his family and homeland.
Now, according to Lukashenko, the people's guards work in the country formally. Lukashenko cited protests in Kyrgyzstan as an example of the effectiveness of such formations. “You saw what was happening there, sheer chaos. All the security forces fled, there was no one to defend the country. Who took responsibility there? People's squads. They pulled up the fleeing militiamen, the special services pulled up the military, and within 24 hours the riots were stopped”, - the local newspaper Belta quotes the president.
Protests in Belarus have been going on for the third month since the August 9 presidential elections. Residents do not agree with the voting results. Earlier, the Belarusian opposition announced an ultimatum to Lukashenko - until October 25, he had to voluntarily resign from power and release all political prisoners. Otherwise, a nationwide strike will be declared in the country. On Monday, a strike began in the country . Political scientists have different assessments of the chances of the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to succeed in the strike. Some believe that it does not have the resources to make the strike truly massive, while others believe in its effectiveness.