Belarusian President Meets Opposition Leaders in Prison
Windowofworld.com – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visits the prison in the capital, Minsk, on Saturday. On the occasion he met detained opposition leaders, Belarusian state news agency Belta reported.
In the photo published by the pro-Lukashenko news channel on Telegram and quoted by Belta on its website, Lukashenko and eleven casually dressed people can be seen sitting at a round table decorated with flowers.
Everyone at the table apart from the president had business cards in front of them. The only woman seen at the table is a member of the opposition coordinating board, lawyer Lilia Vlasova, who was detained in late August.
According to Belta at the meeting, Lukashenko spoke about his proposed changes to the Belarusian constitution.
“A constitution cannot be written on the street,” the news agency quoted the president as saying.
Opposition politician Viktor Babariko, who was barred from running for president in a disputed election last August and detained in July with his son, is seen in the picture to the left of Lukashenko in the photo.
Babariko’s team spokesman, Gleb German, said he was sure the photo was real but he did not know the reason for the meeting.
“Everyone is processing this information right now,” he said as quoted by Reuters, Sunday (11/10/2020).
Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the authenticity of the images.
Belarus has witnessed protests for two months since the disputed presidential election on August 9, in which Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory. His opponents say the electoral process has been rigged to give him a sixth term.
More than 13,000 people have been arrested and some later released, while key opposition figures have been jailed or exiled in a crackdown that started even before elections were held.