May 2021 marks exactly one year since the start of non-violent protests in Belarus and the harshest repressions in modern Belarus’ history. On May 29, Siarhei Tsikhanouski, popular blogger and husband of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, became the first contender for the presidency imprisoned by the Belarusian regime. This arrest, followed by repressions of other presidential hopefuls, moved thousands of Belarusians to set up pickets all over the country and form human chains of solidarity in Belarus and across the world. These peaceful protests swept across Belarus and led to a national non-violent uprising harshly cracked down by the regime.
To mark the anniversary and express solidarity with Belarusians, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has announced the Global Picket of Solidarity with Belarus on May 29, 2021. Ms. Tsikhanouskaya called on the international community, Belarusian diasporas, and friends of Belarus around the world to join the picket by participating in a range of activities proposed below.
How to join the Global Picket of Solidarity with Belarus?
- Hold or participate in an offline Picket of Solidarity with Belarus in your city.
- Join virtual events in support of activists, journalists, workers, doctors, students, athletes tirelessly fighting for freedom in Belarus.
- Make a statement, initiate and adopt resolutions/proclamations in support of democratic Belarus.
- Write letters to political prisoners in Belarus or take patronage over one of them. Schoolchildren and teachers around the world can join actions of solidarity by sending letters and drawing postcards to Belarusian heroes locked up by the regime.
- Light up the facades of buildings in Belarusian white-red-white national colors.
- Write a tweet/social media post or take a video in support of Belarus with the hashtag #StandWithBelarus and/or tag Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Twitter: @Tsihanouskaya).
- Support Belarusians by donating to funds helping political prisoners and their families, such as BySol, A Country to Live In, #BY_help.
It’s very important to send a clear signal of support to brave Belarusian people fighting for freedom, but also to urge the dictatorial regime to end violence, stop torture, release all political prisoners, and conduct a new free and fair presidential election.
Belarusian diasporas can express solidarity with their fellow countrymen by bringing posters with names of hometowns or native regions. The peaceful fight for democracy in Belarusian regional cities and provinces does not receive as much attention as it deserves. People are struggling for their future in places far away from Minsk, and let's celebrate that.
18 May 2021 в 10:00