The European Movement welcomes the initiative of the Belarusian democratic forces of holding the European March on 14 October in Minsk. “The March should become the expression of the will of Citizens of Belarus to have closer relations between Belarus and the European Union. The European Movement will invite the members to come to Minsk on this day”, - said in the movement’s statement .
“We notice the wish of the Belarusian authorities to establish a better cooperation with the European Union. At the same time we express great concern about repressions against Belarusian citizens who take part in the promotion of the European March. Facts of detentions of those who use the European Union symbols became known to us. We express great concern about it and our members shall inform the governing bodies of the European Union and governments of the member states on these facts”, — the The European Movement remarks.
The European Movement upholds the European aspiration of Belarusian’s. “We are ready to support all actions to help Belarus to practice European values by respecting democratic values and achieving personal and economic freedom and prosperity”, — said in the statement.
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