Lukashenka warns against Kiev protests repeat in Belarus

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said "there will be no Maidan" in Belarus during a speech to the Belarusian Army leadership in Minsk on Sunday.

Lukashenka warns against Kiev protests repeat in Belarus

World Bulletin / News Desk

Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has warned his citizens from mimicking the actions of protesters in Ukraine who toppled their government on Saturday.

Referring to the incidents in the Ukrainian capital's Independence Maidan (Square), Lukashenka said "there will be no Maidan" in Belarus during a speech to the Belarusian Army leadership in Minsk on Sunday.

Describing the prevention of disorder and providing security as the Belarusian government's "sacred duty," Lukashenka warned that any attempt to attack his country's police will be "responded to instantly."

His comments seem to reflect growing fears of what could be the beginning of an 'Eastern European Spring', in a region rife with unemployment in addition to many other problems. 

Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovych has gone on the run after leaving the presidential building in Kiev. Although his whereabouts are unknown, it is believed he is seeking refuge in the east of the country amid his pro-Russian loyalists.

The pro-EU protesters who took over the government on Saturday after three months of violent demonstrations are now seeking Yanukovych's arrest for mass murder.

Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2014, 16:00
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