August 9, 2020, is one of the most important days in the modern history of our country. It was on this day that Belarusians made their choice and said a loud «no» to Lukashenka, dictatorship, violence and lies.
We chose freedom, democracy, the rule of law and peace. We chose the European future over Russian domination. It was this day that united hundreds of thousands of Belarusians, and this election continues to unite us all to this day.
August 9 is an occasion to remember what we are fighting for, who we are, what country we want to live in and what we want to be. It is a day of unity, solidarity, and struggle for freedom.
The regime, aided by Russia, responded with violence, detentions and torture.
Almost every Belarusian family was affected by the wave of repression. Hundreds of thousands of Belarusians went into exile. There are more than 1,500 political prisoners — under the most inhuman conditions. The regime still detains dozens of Belarusians every day.
They are trying to break the bonds of solidarity, spread fear and deprive us of hope.
We don’t have any news from Viktar Babaryka, Maryia Kalesnikava, Mikola Statkevich, Maksim Znak, Paval Sieviaryniets, Ihar Losik, Olga Maiorava and many others for a long time.
Belarusians continue to die because of the regime. Here are the names we will never forget:
We must increase the economic and political pressure on the Lukashenka regime and Russia.
Lukashenka should face justice along with Putin and all their henchmen.
We need increased support for Belarusian civil society, media and democratic forces in exile.
We need a European perspective for Belarus. Belarus belongs to the European family of nations.
Organize public, virtual, or offline events on Belarus, discussing possible solutions and what the international community can do. Organize the appearance of visual symbols of support for Belarus #StandWithBelarus in your cities. It can be graffiti, banners, posters, hashtags on public transport info-boards, or placing flags on administrative buildings.
Politicians and other public figures can support us by making statements, resolutions about Belarus and helping to raise awareness. Parliamentarians can become godparents of political prisoners: HOW TO JO IN
Hold discussions about the importance of officially renaming our country's name in your language (Weissrussland, Baltarusija, Hviterussland) to “Belarus”.
Launch media, offline and online campaigns: informing about the situation in Belarus, declaring that Belarusians are not equal to Lukashenka's regime, and supporting Belarus' sovereignty and independence. Share news about Belarus on social media using the hashtag #StandWithBelarus.
Donate to foundations and initiatives that raise funds and humanitarian aid, and purchase medicines, protective gear, and vehicles for Ukraine's speedy victory:
• Free Belarus Center
• Belarusian Youth Hub
• Center for Belarusian Solidarity
• Belarusian House in Warsaw
• Partyzanka and FreeShop Partyzanka
Learn more about political prisoners:
• Dissident BY
Write letters to political prisoners in Belarus:
• Solidarity Postcards Atelier
• Dissident BY
• and regular mail
Donate to political prisoners and their families:
• A country to live in
• Dissident BY
Join Belarusian events on August 9 in your city.
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Post photos and videos from actions, marches and events on your social networks with the hashtag