The Conservative Christian Party of the Belarusian Popular Front invites to mark the anniversary of the Slutsk Armed Uprising.
Executive Secretary of the CCP BPF Ales Chakholski invites everyone who care about the destiny of Belarus to mark the 26th anniversary of the Slutsk Armed Uprising, novychas.by writes.
The applicants received the permission of the Minsk regional executive committee on November 20, the action thus has been sanctioned. The participants of the action will go by bus along the following route: Hrozava — Semezhava — Vyzna — Slutsk. The demonstrations are planned to take place at 11 and 12 a.m. in the villages of Hrozava and Semezhava (Kopyl district) correspondingly, and at about 1.30 p.m. in the settlement of Vyzna, Kopyl district. Then, the participants of the festive journey will head for Slutsk, where another demonstration is planned to be held at 3 p.m. in the town park. The organizers hope that this year more people will gather to honour the memory of the Slutsk rebels than in the previous years.
Ales Chakholski notes that, in historical terms, the Slutsk Armed Uprising is a whole-national event, which hasn’t been properly appreciated yet.
“Our Belarusian people are very gentle and patient, it’s hard to inspire them for any armed resistance, — Chakholski says. — And this was a demeanor, by which the Slutsk natives confirmed their determination to fight for the things that belonged to them: property, culture, land, language. In the majority, those were the ordinary people, who comprehended the main national values and thus became the troops of the BPR. For them, it was clear that when an alien came, there would be no land, no freedom any longer.”
The politician believes not much has changed in the country since then.
“Sadly, many people fail to understand so far that the narrow struggle only for democracy or human rights will not bring any success. When the nation is humiliated and the Belarusian soul is suppressed, it means the people are already living under occupation. In an occupied state, no one can have full-fledged rights, and the struggle for the real Independence, the struggle for what belongs to us should be made the first priority,” — Ales Chakholski said what he thought.