21 October 2018, Sunday, 18:27
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How can Europe remain silent?

René Levínský

Today, there shouldn't be a more important issue for Europe than solidarity with the Belarusian independent journalists.

Well Famous Czech playwright and civil activist, currently the most played dramatist in Czechia René Levínský is outraged about the blocking of the website Charter97.org in Belarus:

- Blocking of such a major independent website in Belarus came as a shock for us, Europeans. It's like in China, it's hard to imagine that something like this can actually be happening in Europe, on the border with the European Union! The border between Belarus and the EU is over 1 000 kilometers, so how is it possible that such dictatorship exists right on our border?!

It appears weird that the European politicians speak little or nothing at all about this dictatorship in the neighbourhood. The Czech media, or the Czech politicians speak about the Chinese regime more often than the Belarusian one, which is very close indeed.

I don't understand how the European politicians can cooperate with dictator Lukashenka today. How can anyone speak to him as a normal person? This contradicts all the principles and the rules of life in Europe.

While Belarus is ruled by such a dictator, no affairs, no business should be done with this country. There should be a harsh reaction to the blocking of the biggest independent website in Belarus. Blocking of such website as Charter'97 should not remain unanswered.

Charter'97 is very close to us, the Czechs and the Slovaks, emotionally. We are happy that our Charter'77 inspired the Belarusians.

We feel solidarity and support for Charter'97. Because your organization, just like the Czechoslovak one, was created and supported by the people, the civil society. You are defending our common principles of freedom and democracy. So, today, there shouldn't be a more important issue for Europe than solidarity with the Belarusian independent journalists.