Flashmob in Netherlands: give the body back!

In Dutch cities flashmobs were organised in support of Lyubou Kavaliova who calls on the Belarusian authorities to give back the body of her son executed with regard to the case of the terroristic attack in Minsk metro on April 11, 2011.

On October 4 at one and the same time body bags with living persons inside appeared at railway- and metro stations of five cities in the Netherlands. The flashmobs were lasting from ten to thirty minutes being organised in the period of rush hours while the Dutch were heading for their workplaces.

The flashmob became part of campaign “Give the Body Back” which was launched by Lyubou Kavaliova together with Belarus Free Theatre. The initiative is aimed at returning Uladzislau Kavaliou’s body to his mother.

The action was held before the premiere of Trash Cuisine, the latest performance of Free Theatre, at the Royal Theatre in Amsterdam. Flash mob participants invited passers-by to see the performance out and sign Lyubou Kavaliova’s petition on change.org.

Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou were sentenced to death for the organization of the terroristic act in Minsk underground on April, 11, 2011, with 15 killed and 387 injured. The death verdict to both delivered by the Supreme Court of Belarus on November, 30, 2011 triggered a mixed reaction in society and drew attention to the death penalty issue once again since a greal deal of people considered their guilt as unproven. Not having admitted guilt Uladzislau Kavaliou filed a petition for pardon addressed to Alexander Lukashenka as far back as beginning of December, 2011. But the president denied mercy to him and in the mid March the both men were executed.



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