On September 19, 1991, the Belarusian parliament adopted the state symbols of the Belarusian People’s Republic, the Pahonia and the White-red-white flag, as state symbols of the Republic of Belarus but the referendum in1995 came back to the Soviet-like flag. Anatol Mikhnavets, Belarusian National remembrance leader, urges to hoist white-red-white colours not only in Belarus.
“We appeal to the Belarusians living abroad. Most countries back the Belarusian people’s struggle for freedom and it will not be a problem to apply to the authorities of these cities and countries and ask to hoist white-red-white flags,” the address of the Belarusian National Remembrance, a Belarusian organisation which is located in Poland, reads.
The current national flag of is a red and green flag with a white and red ornament pattern placed at the staff end. With a voter turnout of 64.7%, the new flag was approved by a majority in the ratio of three to one (75.1% to 24.9%). The way of carrying out the referendum as well as legality of questioning the national symbols on a referendum was heavily criticized by the opposition.
After the 1995 referendum rthe 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 and at mass rallies on Freedom Day celebrations as well as Dziady memorial marches. The flag is not officially banned from public usage, but is treated by the authorities as an unregistered symbol which means that demonstration of it by political activists or sports fans can lead to arrests and confiscation of the flags.