DATE: Sunday 8th August, 2021
LOCATION: Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge, London.
Westminster Bridge to turn white and red to mark the first anniversary of the falsified elections in Belarus.
During her high level visit to London this week, Leader of Democratic Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with the UK Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. She also addressed a large group of Belarusians and supporters urging people to use the anniversary to demonstrate to the Lukashenko regime that the world is watching.
“9th, 2021, will mark a year of the peaceful fight of Belarusians for freedom, democracy, & human rights. Millions of us stood up against the regime in Belarus.
I call on all our friends to show solidarity with courageous Belarusians and stand with Belarus.” (Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya)`
At the last count over 140 actions have taken place in the UK with many hundreds taking to the streets to spread the word about the worsening situation in Belarus and calling for concrete action such as widening of sanctions.
At the last count there have been up to 35, 000 arrests in Belarus since the elections. People from all spheres of life in Belarus have been sentenced to prison and allegations of torture are rife. To date more than 570 people have been recognised as political prisoners
No-one is safe – activists, journalists, athletes, actors, artists, doctors, students, pensioners, minors and even anyone heard insulting the President, or daring to wear the colours of the historic white/red/white flag have been detained. Many more have been forced into exile including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya whose husband Sergei, a well known blogger, has spent more than a year in prison.
Former UK Ambassador to Belarus, Nigel Gould Davies described Belarus as having moved from “dictatorship to pariah”. Highly publicised events such as the hijack of the Ryanair place to enable the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich, the recent flight of athlete Krystina Tsimanouskaya and the suspicious death of a Belarusian activist in Ukraine, have shown that this is a crisis not just affecting Belarus. As Mr Gould Davies said in a meeting to discuss how the UK can best assist Belarus, the situation in Belarus is no longer simply about human rights but a matter of international security.
We are expecting a big turnout on Sunday and not only Belarusians. We will be welcoming a group from the Polish community in London to highlight the persecution of the Polish minority in Belarus and the ongoing imprisonment of their leader Andzelika Borys. We look forward to welcoming in addition our friends from the UK, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and elsewhere.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
This will be a very visual event recreating the takeover of Westminster Bridge in August, 2020 (image attached) and we cordially invite representatives of the press to join us.
The programme is as follows:
14.30-15.30 – Gathering at Parliament Sq, commemorations and speeches form representatives of Belarusian community organisations and the Polish community.
15.30-16.00 – Aligning across the north side of the Westminster bridge with white/red/white banners facing London Eye.
16.00-16.30 – Main film and photo opportunity from the South bank near London Eye, with Parliament as background.
For further information/quotes please contact:
People’s Embassy of Belarus in the United Kingdom (uk @ belarusabroad.org)