The Capital entered the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus in response to an urgent appeal by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Belarusian opposition, to the leaders of the European Union and the USA
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who ran against Alexander Lukashenko in the last presidential election, called for the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus on 7 February. The Warsaw celebrations were held under the patronage of both the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya herself.
The Belarusian opposition flag at the Warsaw City Hall
On Sunday noon, a white-red-white flag was hoisted on a flagpole at 3/5 Bankowy Square.
Moreover, from 4 pm, four facades of the Palace of Culture and Science will be illuminated in white-red-white, the colours of the Belarusian flag, used by the opposition. The illumination will last until midnight. This is an explicit manifestation of Warsaw’s solidarity with the Belarusian freedom movement.
For six months now, our neighbours in Belarus have been massively struggling for a democratic state, truth and freedom of choice. The Belarusian authorities are suppressing demonstrations, often violently, and opposition representatives are being deprived of their freedom,” comments Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw. “We must not forget our neighbours, who are constantly fighting for democracy and freedom. We are standing up for the same, he adds.
Solidarity Poster Competition
To mark the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus, a poster design competition takes place. The best one will be displayed on the day of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus, on 30-metre electronic media, at the Świętokrzyska metro station and on citylights at Chmielna and Krakowskie Przedmieście streets. Moreover, the poster will be produced in the form of a mural, on the wall of one of the city's buildings, and printed as a postcard used for solidarity actions with political prisoners (currently estimated to be 220).
The competition is organised by the Belarus Solidarity Centre and the Parliamentary Group for Belarus.
The celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus in Warsaw is organised with the Belarusian House Foundation and the Centre for Belarusian Solidarity.