Lukashenko urges Church officials not to interfere in politics

Lukashenko urges Church officials not to interfere in politics
Minsk. August 24. INTERFAX-Clergymen should not interfere in Belarusian politics, acting President Alexander Lukashenko said at a rally in Grodno on Saturday.
"I am surprised by the position of our faiths. My dear clergymen, settle down and go about your business. People should come to churches to pray. Churches are not for politics, " Lukashenko said.
"Do not follow the lead of the renegades," the head of the Republic urged, noting that some of the clergy will then "be ashamed and shameful" for the position they now take.
"The state will not look at this with indifference," Lukashenko promised.
In Belarus, the political crisis continues due to the presidential elections held on August 9, the results of which were not recognized by the opposition, as well as in connection with the use of force by the authorities against participants of mass protests.
According to SK of Belarus, over 600 people have already issued statements about the injury during the arrest by law enforcement officials and about 100 people on the injury in detention. In addition, the investigative authorities received 124 statements and reports of violent actions of protesters against law enforcement officers.
On August 20, the Investigative Committee of Belarus reported that it was checking information on Internet resources about rapes of women in temporary detention. "Various websites on the Internet have reported that women who have suffered sexual violence in temporary detention are being held in hospitals in Grodno, which was reported by gynecologists on condition of anonymity," the UK said in its Telegram channel.
On August 15, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusevich, appealed to Lukashenko and all those "vested with power at different levels" to stop violence and start a constructive dialogue with society.
On August 21, the Belarusian Orthodox Church expressed hope that the competent authorities would investigate "egregious cases of cruelty" and called for the speedy restoration of peace, unity and mutual understanding.
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