White and red colors on flags, words of support and patriotic songs are in the air. Another picket of solidarity between Poles and Belarusians has taken place in Bialystok.
About a hundred Poles, representatives of the Belarusian minority and Belarusians gathered in Bialystok on the eve of elections in Belarus. The demonstration participants brought white-red Polish flags and white-red – white symbol of hope for democratic changes.
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The picket was organized by the Belarusian House Foundation in Warsaw. Its head, Ales Zarembyuk, reminded the audience that 30 years ago Poland and Belarus started from the same place, but chose two different ways. Now Poland is an example of democracy and change for the better for Belarusians. It is the place where they can be seen with the naked eye,” said the emigrant activist. Deputy Mayor of Bialystok Zbigniew Nikitorowicz thanked him for these words.
Robert Tyszkewicz, member of the Civic Platform Party, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for Belarus, also addressed the audience. According to him, Belarusians are entitled to free, fair and democratic elections.
The organizers of the action urged the Poles to be in solidarity with the Belarusians at a difficult time, when after 26 years of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s rule people want a change of president.
The elections will be held on August 9. After 65 thousand rallies in support of candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the authorities began to disrupt the next rallies.