Leaders and supporters of the United Civic Party (UCP) made a statement on the issue of the privatization of Belarus' state property on October 5.
Speakers of the UCP's campaign "For Fair Elections without Lukashenka" Anatol Lyabedzka, Yuri Khashchavatski, Lew Marholin and Vasil Lyaonaw voiced the position of the party: "the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka has stolen the elections [the House of Representatives elections] in order to sell the country."
According to the speakers, people in Belarus are made to forget that they are the sole source of the state power.
"When Lukashenka has appropriated the state power that belong to people by the law, he has appropriated the right to manage out property," the statement says. "Of course, his main goal is to preserver his power. By he has no source to do so without a change in the economic model. That is why he has to sell the most efficient enterprises. Beltransgas, MAZ, Belaruskali and other flagships and national property of the economy have been sold. The regime have already grants Belarusian lands to Arab sheiks. This is very dangerous for the country."
At the same time the sales of the state property are not controlled by anyone. It is unknown where the money gained from the enterprises' sales goes to, as, for example $5 billion that Russia has paid for Beltransgaz.
According to the speakers, the privatization is necessary for the Belarusian economy. However, the UCP urges that it will be effective only if there is a strict control on the part of the people.
"The proceeds from the privatization can be directed to the modernization of old plants and the established of new ones," the statement says. "Thousands of new competitive jobs would bring an increase in living standards, an increase in the budget's density, an expansion of social programs including that of education and healthcare. But these does not exist! Instead of the increase of spending on education and healthcare, we have their their reduction. In fact, there is the blatant looting and the sale of the country."
In this regard, the United Civic Party and its supporters say: the sales of the state property, which are implemented by Lukashenka's regime, do not correspond to interests of the Belarusian people and can not be considered legitimate. Any legal or physical person involved in the purchase of the state property should be aware that one buys stolen goods. Everything that has been sold in violation of law are to be returned to the people after the change of the state power, regardless of who became a new owner. Persons who have contributed to the illegal waste of people's property will be subject to criminal liability.