For the first time ever the anniversary of the proclamation of the 1918 Belarusian National Republic (BNR) is to be available in a live webcast on www.belsat.eu
The celebration is to begin at 13.30 on March 25, 2012 in Minsk. The city authorities permitted demonstrators to march from the square in front of the National Academy of Sciences to Peoples’ Friendship Park in Bangalore Square and hold a rally there.
The Belarusian National Republic came into existence at the end of the First World War, when Bolshevik forces left Minsk and the city was occupied by German troops. On March 25, 1918 the Provisional government (Rada) proclaimed the independence of the BNR. After the Red Army re-entered Minsk, the Communist government replaced the Rada; its members had to emigrate.
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