“A wave of democratic nonviolent revolution is gathering strength in the Eastern Europe. The nation has chosen its president, and now is obtaining his legal coming to power. I am very glad that hundreds of Belarusians are in Kyiv now, mostly young people, struggling shoulder to shoulder with Ukrainian patriots. The history proved once again that the fate of all authoritarian regimes is dismal. It is remarkable that Viktor Yushchenko swore with his hand on a Bible to be faithful to Ukrainian people. It means that the God is with Ukrainians. I would also like to remind the words of Yulia Tymoshenko, when she spoke of Belarus: “Liberation of the Eastern European countries is to start with Ukraine,” in this way Zubr coordinator Uladzimir Kobets commented on the events in Ukraine. Now Mr. Kobets is in Kyiv and participates in the rallies of democratic forces. The Belarusian movement Zubr, as we have informed, actively cooperates with the Ukrainian youth movement “Pora”.
“The Belarusians, and there are about 500 of them in Kyiv, have come to back Viktor Yushchenko, and they approve his resolute step of reading presidential oath, as the vacuum of anarchy that could arise is very dangerous. It is the second wave of European revolution. The first wave was “velvet revolutions” in the countries of Eastern Europe, and regained independence by former Soviet republics. The second wave is joining the EU and the NATO by the Eastern European countries, and release from authoritarianism by such countries as Georgia, Serbia and Ukraine. Undoubtedly, Belarus cannot stay a bastion of autocracy,” told the coordinator of the civil initiative Charter’97, member of the European coalition “Free Belarus” Dzmitry Bandarenka, commenting on the events in Ukraine relating presidential elections. “Yes, the situation in Ukraine is still very tense, part of local authorities have supported Yushchenko, and part of asked Kuchma to announce emergency state. But today, in the streets of Kyiv, you feel with every cell that the will of people cannot be crushed,” asserts Dzmitry Bandarenka, who is in the capital of Ukraine among other hundreds of Belarusians.
Today Lviv regional council by majority of 59 votes passed a decision to recognize Viktor Yushchenko Ukrainian President, and declared its readiness to implement his decrees. “On November 21 Viktor Yushchenko has become Ukrainian President,” told the chair of the regional council Mikhail Sendak.
More than a million of people took streets of Kyiv and other cities of Ukraine, demanding to recognize Viktor Yushchenko a legally elected President of the country. In the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, the rallies are staged in two places: by the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, were an emergency debate is held where the MPs are to decide on the non-recognition of the presidential elections` official results; and at Independence Square, where a tent camp was put up yesterday. The number of campaigners is growing all the time, as people are arriving from regions, many people come to the square after work. The rallies in support of Viktor Yushchenko is announced termless. The protests are to be carried out in the capital and in the regions until the authorities revise the official results of vote, and recognize Viktor Yushchenko a president, told representatives of the coalition “Power of People”.
Yesterday evening in Warsaw a protest rally against falsified results during elections in Ukraine was held. The participants, among them being several dozens of Belarusians, have made a live chain in front of the Foreign Ministry of Poland. They have submitted a petition with a demand not to recognize the results of the elections in Ukraine. Participants of the rally chanted “Let’s Help Ukraine!”, “Yushchenko is President!”, “Free Ukraine!”, “Ukraine Without Putin!”, “Ukraine Today, and Belarus Tomorrow”.
An estimated 100,000 supporters of Ukraine`s pro-western opposition presidential candidate, Viktor Yuschenko, were today on the streets the capital, Kiev, as protests over alleged voter intimidation and electoral fraud continued.
Ukrainian opposition chief Viktor Yushchenko told tens of thousands of protesters in a Kiev square Tuesday to march to parliament, where an emergency session on a disputed presidential election was to begin shortly. "Our joint action will lead to political success. We are therefore now forming lines and moving toward parliament," Yushchenko told demonstrators. "A parliamentary session will begin in an hour."
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians rallied in the country`s major cities for a second day of protest over the results of a presidential election that Western observers said was rigged in favour of the Russian-backed Prime Minister.
From 150 to 200 thousands of Viktor Yushchenko’s supporters participate in the rally at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). The number of people is constantly growing. People from all over the country are going to the square to defend the victory of their candidate at the presidential elections. Participants of the meeting demand to announce truthful returns of the presidential elections, according to which Viktor Yushchenko won. The meeting continues. Leaders of the coalition “Power of People” from many parts of the country are making speeches. The speech of a representative of law enforcing agencies has just finished. He told that the militia swore fealty to the nation, and is ready to support the Ukrainian people.
Press secretary of the European Council on General Affairs and External Relations (or GAERC) Common Questions and Foreign Ties of the EU Nicolas Kerleroux answered the questions of Radio Svaboda, whether the Foreign Ministers have determined the list of the Belarusian officials who are banned entry to the EU countries after controversial elections and referendum.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians displaying the opposition party`s campaign colors gathered in freezing weather Monday to protest what international observers called a fraudulent vote count giving the lead to the establishment candidate over his reform-minded opponent in the presidential run-off election.
Ukraine faced a fateful choice on Sunday: not just between two sharply opposed candidates in a presidential election runoff, but between two political systems. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko promised a genuine liberal democracy along Western lines, while Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych represented those forces that, backed by a neo-imperial Russia, would rule this large European nation through force and fraud. The outcome of the vote has brought this confrontation to a head. According to exit polls, the democratic opposition won handily, by 54 to 43 percent in one survey. But yesterday the government revealed its intent to steal the election, announcing that Mr. Yanukovych had a decisive lead in the vote count. Tens of thousands of outraged citizens filled the center of Kiev last night to oppose this authoritarian coup. The United States and other Western governments must do everything possible to support them.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev in freezing temperatures last night, denouncing Ukraine`s presidential runoff election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist candidate who authorities said was trailing in the vote count.
Minsk, 22 November. Aleksandr Lukashenko has awarded the Order of Friendship between Nations to Ural Latypov, head of the Presidential Administration. A presidential decree to this effect was signed by the Belarusian leader on November 22. The award will be given to Mr. Latypov “for his fruitful work with governmental agencies, public activities and substantial contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between states,” Mr. Lukashenko’s press office said.
The European Union said it planned to plunge Belarus further into isolation by banning officials responsible for "fraudulent elections" and violence against opposition supporters from its territory. EU foreign ministers issued a hard-hitting statement at talks here that left no doubt about the 25-nation bloc`s anger at the policies of Belarus` autocratic leader Alexander Lukashenko following a referendum last month. The approach of President Lukashenko`s administration towards democracy and human rights continues "to prevent Belarus from taking its rightful place among European democratic countries", the ministers said.