Warsaw Belarusians to celebrate Military Glory Day
On September 8, 2012 a Warsaw department of the Belarusian National Remembrance arranges a march in honour of the victory in the battle of Orsha.
The event is to start at 1 pm at the monument of De Haulle. The organisers call all the people concerned for coming and celebrating, national marks being welcome.
The Battle of Orsha was fought on 8 September 1514, between the allied forces of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Kingdom of Poland, under the command of Hetman Kanstantsin Astrozhski, and the army of Grand Duchy of Moscow under Ivan Chelyadnin and Prince Mikhail Golitsin. The Moscow army was defeated despite it outnumbered its enemy almost three to one.
The battle is regarded by Belarusians as a symbol of national revival, but its significance is being suppressed by state authorities. In September 2005, on order of President Aliaksandr Lukashenka, four members of the Belarusian National Front were each fined almost 4 millions roubles (roughly 1500 Euro) for celebrating the 491st anniversary of the battle.