During the action called “The journey to free Belarus” in Vilnius, participants formed a living chain on Gediminas Avenue.
The recent rally gathered about 200 people. The action was held at one of the central squares in Vilnius – Vincas Kudirka Square. The first speech was made by the organizer of the action, Viktoryia Andrukovich, who stressed the importance of the date of July 27 and reminded that if it was not for Lukashenka’s policy, Belarus would have celebrated the 30th Independence Day this year, just like our Baltic brothers and sisters.
Members of the Seimas of Lithuania and MEPs Petras Auštrevičius and Andrius Kubilius came to support the Belarusians.
“We can’t really talk about the elections now, as the regime has stolen the elections. The fact that people express strong support to Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya reminds me of the end of 80s, the beginning of our movement for change. The changes that took place in Lithuania back then, when people from the very beginning did not believe that we could achieve anything, but very soon it turned into the certainty that we could achieve everything. I see the same changes in the Belarusian society. I think that the Belarusian society is really ripe for these changes. Alas, Mr. Lukashenka does not understand it,” said Andrius Kubilius.
The situation with the election process in Belarus was commented on by former presidential candidate Ingrida Šimonytė:
“I think that maybe Batka himself did not expect that women would be so strong in Belarus. I really hope that nothing dangerous will happen to Mrs. Tsikhanouskaya. I look at the fact that she was registered as an opportunity to tell people what they are not told. What she said on TV was something that people hadn’t heard on the Belarusian TV for about 20 years. Frankly speaking, I would like to believe that she is not in any danger”.
The action ended with a symbolic chain stretching along Gediminas Avenue. People joined hands and chanted “Long Live Belarus”.