Aliaksandr Milinkevich invited European Leaders to the European March 15:35, 21/09/2007
Leader of the movement “For Freedom” Aliaksandr Milinkevich sent an invitation for the European March to chairman of the European Commission, chairman of the European Parliament and heads of the European states. ”We invite our friends to stay with us on this day of October 14 and we will be grateful for your solidarity and support. The majority of Belarusians look to Europe with hope and expects a normalization of our relations with the EU”, it is said in the invitation.
Leader of the movement “For Freedom” stressed the importance of this event to Belarusians. “The democratic forces of Belarus organize this march in order to demonstrate the willingness of Belarusians to be within the European family of free nations. This will be the March to the future free and European Belarus. It will be the beginning of our road to the free and united Europe.
The situation with human rights and democratic freedoms remains tense in Belarus. Since the beginning of this year hundreds of people have been arrested, beaten, detained and jailed for several weeks because of their civic activism. The youth has been put under particular pressure. There are very flagrant cases of repressions: arrests of actors and spectators on a performance of “Free theater”, arrests of people who participated in a book presentation and in a singer poet festival. At the same time, the Belarusian government keeps on declaring its interest to cooperate with the European Union.
In this situation, it is very important for us to have the attention from the international democratic community in regard with the preparation of the March. The democratic forces intend to have merely peaceful manifestation and suggest the authorities to be cooperative, despite the extended repressions and arrests of our friends and colleagues and the increased number of political prisoners in Belarus. We think about the future of Belarus and see it within Europe”, it is mentioned in the invitation to the European leaders.