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Aleh Trusau: White-Red-White Flag And Pahonia Is Thing Of Future

ALEH TRUSAU
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The society continues to fight for the return of national symbols.

27 years ago, on September 19, 1991, the white-red-white flag and coat of arms Pahonia were recognized by the Supreme Council as the state symbols of Belarus.

Former Supreme Council deputy Aleh Trusau recalls that the decision was not easy for the parliament of the day. Not less than two-thirds of the deputies were to say "yes." "We voted several times, but each time one – two votes were missing. Therefore, I did not leave the platform for several hours," – Aleh Trusau told RadioRacyja.

– As fewer than all were in favour of these symbols. The veterans especially opposed. One of the veterans offered a compromise. He said, well, let there be a horse, let there be a knight, but instead of the cross, let's put a red star there. And I said that only the evil spirits are afraid of the cross. And the audience laughed. Filaret said: "Let’s vote." And we voted. We had three priests there. And they really liked that the cross was not Latin, and the cross of Euphrasinnia of Polatsk.

However, according to the results of the referendum of May 14, 1995, these symbols were canceled. However, they have not been forgotten in the society and the fight for their return continues. Obviously, our youth have not forgotten these symbols as well. And if the white-red-white flag and the coat of arms Pahonia are the main symbols in the minds and hearts of young people, then they are the thing of the future, – Aleh Trusau says.