During a meeting with politically exposed persons, Alexander Lukashenko stated that preparations for the current situation in Belarus had been carried out over the past ten years. According to Lukashenko, a special scenario was developed by the “main aggressors” – the U.S. and several European countries – to destroy the country.
“In order to remove all the masks, let’s name these players. At the level of global centers, this is primarily the United States, and more specifically, its network of funds designed to support so-called democracy. American satellites – Poland, Lithuania, Czechia, and unfortunately our Ukraine – operated on the European continent,” he said.
Each state in this scenario, according to Lukashenko, played its own role: the Czech Republic was used as a resource hub, Poland was an incubator of media channels (Belsat, Nekhta and others) and a platform for alternative bodies in exile. Lithuania, “hurt by the BelNPP project” was used as a battering ram of Belarusian-European relations, Ukraine – as an outpost of political provocations.
“Now we can look back and analyze in detail all the stages of the scenario for the destruction of our country, which, fortunately, we did not allow to bring fruiting and we will not allow.”
First stage. Preparations
Lukashenko said that after the failed attempts to stage colour revolutions in 2006 and 2010, “they started to shake Belarus by targeting the unwavering presidential electorate: residents of the regions, workers, public sector employees, pensioners.”
Second stage. Parliamentary election
Half a year before the presidential election the destabilization technologies were tested during the parliamentary election. According to Lukashenko, this is when a network of specialized Telegram channels “with a clear roles and goals to denigrate the government, undermine the foundations of the state ideology, primarily through fakes and falsifications.”
Also, new forms of street activity were tested during the parliamentary election.
Third stage. Preparations for presidential election
At this stage, Lukashenko said, “foreign strategists created ‘heroes’ for different target audiences.” For cities and villages, it was a “failed blogger candidate” (Sergei Tikhanovsky – BelarusFeed note). For business and “new strata” – a banker (Viktor Babariko – BelarusFeed note), as for Valeriy Tsepkalo, by his nomination “foreign strategists tried to sow dissent among the state elite and probe its loyalty to the president.”
The authorities at the time completely focues on the fight against the pandemic. “Instead of being side by side in this global battle, the so-called independent media and Telegram channels did everything to complicate the work, destroy people’s trust in the government,” Lukashenko said.
Fourth stage. Presidential campaign
Lukashenko said that during this period “a whole set of colored political technologies borrowed from the Arab, Armenian, Polish, Hong Kong and other protests were used.”
“And then modern political technologies were used to turn politics into a show. A show designed for a mass audience. For instance, the joint team built its tactics by exploiting the image of the woman traditionally revered by Belarusians, but this time new balagan forms were added to it.”
At the same time, according to Lukashenko, fakes about mythical millions stored in his foreign accounts, as well as various memes were publsihed. “All forces were thrown to win the virtual majority by fake content in the media and create confidence that the election results would be falsified and the government would lose,” he said.
Fifth stage. An attempt of Maidan scenario
The election day “became the X hour for the attempt to stage a Maidan blitzkrieg”, he said. Mistrust in the results of the campaign was stimulated in advance. The joint staff urged voters to create artificial queues and raise tensions at polling stations after their closure.
“The previous brainwashing heated up the outrage of the protesters on 9, 10 and 11 August,” Lukashenko said.
According to Lukashenko, it was planned to simultaneously bring thousands of protesters to the streets of Belarusian cities and seize administrative buildings and landmarks. At the same time, instructions from foreign coordinators were received in real time.
“Representatives of the government and law enforcement agencies were called fascists, usurpers, bandits, and so on. We have seen the results. They deliberately beat the riot policemen. More than 25 security forces were injuried on the first day. Broken arms, broken legs, traffic police officers with broken spines, who are still in hospitals.”
Sixth stage. Post-election protests
Lukashenko stressed that the actions of law enforcement officers helped to bring down the escalation of the protest. Then the “puppeteers” abruptly changed their tactics by presenting the protest in an angelic innocent form. “Flowers, white clothes, so-called carnival rallies on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.
Simultaneously, “the policy of creating a radical wing of the protesters was adopted”.
“Step-by-step instructions, recommendations on what to wear and what gear to use, ways to fight off security forces, instructions on how to make and use Molotov cocktails and fireworks were created for them. Basic rules for staying in touch are distributed, including when there is no internet or mobile connection. Hong Kong technologies for gathering crowds in predesignated places, spontaneously changing routes, for protesters to act in sync are practiced.”
He noted that the protests are managed and coordinated in real time 24/7. “Backyard protests tactics is implemented by setting up mini groups and chats for districts, residential complexes, separate backyards. Today the coordinators are trying to organise backyards, tomorrow they will come into your apartments. It is their goal. It won’t work,” he said.
Seventh stage. An attempt to legalize the infrastructure of changes
According to Lukashenko, the Coordination Council fled the country, “they had to find and promptly advertise new smaller faces, preferably those with a scandalous reputation”, the so-called Plan B is disseminated.
“They suggest absurd things. As they try to drag a country in a lengthy political and economic crisis, coordinators of the protests give instructions on economic resistance, as they call it – on how not to pay taxes, utility bills, how to quit trade unions and so on. The most naive people are promised that their losses will be compensated by funds established to help ‘victims of the regime’.”
“The Belarusian scenario for the year 2020 is a mixture of the most effective colour revolution technologies of destabilization, which have been tested in various countries. Obviously, they are focused on the scale and length of the protests, the exhaustion of strength and the depletion of resources. We know who the masterminds are, who wants something in Belarus, and therefore we don’t relax and are ready to respond to any challenge.”