On the military cemetry in Warsaw people lit candles in honour of the heroes of the uprising which began in January, 1863.
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and diplomats of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine took part in the ceremony. The Belarusian ambassador to Poland did not make a speech but also left a candle on a grave.
It is the Belarusian National Remembrance leader Anatol Mikhnavets who hoisted a national flag during the ceremony. Bronisław Komorowski shook hands by him and said: “Za wolność naszą i waszą!” (“For our and your freedom!”) In his speech he mentioned Kastus Kalinouski among the heroes of the uprising, Mr Mikhnavets told Belsat TV.
This year Poland is going to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the insurrection against the Russian authorities. As for Belarus, the country is not likely to arrange any official events on the occasion.
After the 1995 referendum the white-red-white flag is used as a symbol of the opposition to the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, most notably at the protests after the 2006 and 2010 presidential elections.