On October 20, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya arrived in Warsaw on a visit. She met with Polish politicians and spoke at the opening of the academic year at the College of Europe and the presentation of the Kalinouski scholarship scheme.
Support for Belarus
First of all, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with Polish politicians of the highest level. Among them are the mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski the head of the presidential administration Krzysztof Szczerski and the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.
With politicians, Tsikhanouskaya primarily discussed aid to Belarus. At a meeting with Rafał Trzaskowski, she raised the issue of assistance to Belarusians who were forced to leave their homeland and cannot work in Poland. Tszaskowski noted that there is a possibility of creating special programs for Belarusian students. The Mayor of Warsaw supported the idea for Polish mayors to meet with the leaders of the Belarusian people’s self-government.
During a meeting with Krzysztof Szczerski, Tsikhanouskaya discussed the People’s Ultimatum and Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s plan to overcome the crisis in Belarus. They also discussed the simplification of visa and migration procedures for Belarusians crossing the border with Poland, and support for repressed Belarusian athletes.
Tsikhanouskaya gave the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki a list of recommendations on how to improve the procedure for obtaining humanitarian visas to Poland, as well as to obtain the right to work in the country. The prime minister said that Poland is preparing to lift restrictions on work.
Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya also proposed to organize a meeting with her economic adviser Ales Alyakhnovich to discuss a package of economic reforms for democratic Belarus. At the meeting, the sides discussed issues of rehabilitation of Belarusians who were seriously injured during the protests.
Meeting with students
Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke at the opening of the academic year at the College of Europe. This is a university that trains diplomats and officials. On the territory of the college Svyatlana met several dozen students with white-red-white flags and Viktor Tsoi’s song “Change!”
“Solidarity is what makes Belarusians such symbols. It can be seen in acts of daily heroism: if someone raises the white-red-white flag, goes out on a Sunday march, stands in line at a flower shop whose owner was beaten by the police, when they get into a chain of solidarity or go to court hearings of people whom they have never known,” said Tsikhanouskaya.