Belsat TV is launching “Solidarity with political prisoners” campaign

Belsat TV announces inauguaration of a new campaign of solidarity with the political prisoner in Belarus. More than 30 well-known people will appear in short videos, delivering their messages to Belorussian prisoners of conscience. Videos with famous people from Poland, Belarus and many other countries, will also contain a short note on each of the prisoners. Adam Michnik, Andrzej Wajda, Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Krzysztof Zanussi are just some of the Poles who are to appear in the video clips. The list of of Polish participants will be extended.

“I know that what prisoners need most is solidarity, of those who remain on the other side of the [prison] walls. It’s not the confinment in four walls that is the worst, beacause the freedom is in us, not outside. The worst is the lonliness and fear for family. Therefore we all should express our solidarity in word and deed, with the political prisoners in Belarus and support their families.” – Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, director of Belsat TV, said in her message.

Also audience and supporters of Belsat TV can join the campaign by sending their own clips with words of support for the Belorussian prisoners of conscience to

The premiere video with the first head of the independent Belorussian state – Stanislav Shushkievich, will be aired on Sunday, after the main issue of In Focus news programe. The clip will be posted on our website

Belarus is the last country in Europe, where one can be sentenced to prison for their political views. After the opposition’s demonstration on December 19th 2010, 700 people were arrested. Among them, 35 were charged with inciting mass social disruptions. Courts sentenced three former presidential candidate to 5 to 6 years to prison camps. Not only high-rank dissidents were sentenced to time in prison camps, but also regular participants of the December demonstration. Andrzej Poczobut, a Belorussian journalist and activist of the Union of Poles in Belarus is currently facing trial and four years of imprisonment for offending president Lukashenka.

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