(updated) Over 15 thousand people have come to the Kalozhski Park.
Presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has held a campaign meeting in Hrodna, with the participation of Veranika Tsapkala and Maryja Kalesnikava. Over 15 thousand people have come to the Kalozhski Park.
14.24 The live footage from the Hrodna rally is over. Thank you for being with us! Hrodna means pride! Long Live Belarus!
14.21 The next meetings of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her team are scheduled as follows: Vaukavysk, 3.30 p.m. (the parking space at the river bank on Karl Marx Street); Slonim, 7 p.m. (‘Dynama’ stadium, Charniakhouski Street).
14.16 A resident of Hrodna have come to the rally with the icon of St. George the Victorious, which she presented to the headquarters of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. “Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is our St. George the Victorious, who will lead us to victory, and our children and grandchildren, our country to a bright future. She is our silver lining in a dark cloud. Long live Belarus!” said a resident of Hrodna.
14.15 Vaytsiushkevich's song “Sciah” to the words of Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu is played.
14.13 “We must fight to the last. He must not remain in power. People, come, take to the streets, we are fighting for the future! The slogan “We Believe! We Can! We Shall Win!” - this is our Hrodna slogan,” says an elderly Hrodna dweller.
14.12 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the team are leaving. The official part of the rally has ended. But people stay in the park. The rally continues in a festive regime till 3 p.m.
14.10 “Hrodna, you are incredible. Remember that only together we are strong!” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says at parting.
14.07 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, together with the team and 15 thousand residents of Hrodna, is singing the song “Bring Down Prison Walls”.
13.59 “There is an example of civic courage in Hrodna - this is the director of the stadium, Viktar Shumel,” says Veranika Tsapkala. Viktar Shumel takes the stage: “You have a chance to change everything. We must enjoy all the rights and freedoms that the Constitution gives. It is difficult to take the first step - then there will be a mountain off your shoulders, there will be only joy. Therefore, I urge you to take the first step. I want to quote Nietzsche: you cannot be free from what you run away. I am not going to run away. I am going to be free!” The people are chanting: “Well done!”
13.54 “The new president will not run the country manually,” says Veranika Tsapkala. The people are cheering approvingly.
13.51 “The time has come for Belarus, the time has come for changes, we want to live in a rich country, where our brothers-Poles would come for shopping, and not vice versa,” says Veranika Tsapkala.
13.49 What an amazing atmosphere is at the rally in Hrodna!
13.48 Veranika Tsapkala is speaking. “My husband was born and raised in this city, I am twice as pleased to perform here!”
13.45 See how the residents of Hrodna have met Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and their headquarters.
13.39 Father, son, and the “Chaser” have come to the rally of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: a touching video.
13.38 “The rattling wreck of the authorities is falling apart, to pieces!” Maryja Kalesnikava is saying. The people are applauding.
13.37 An amazing video from the drone. According to journalists, over 15 thousand people have gathered in the Kalozhski park.
13.36 “I - I can - change everything!” the people are chanting. “This is the most important summer for each of us. We have changed, and this is irreversible,” Maryja Kalesnikava is saying.
13.35 “Strength is in the people!” Maryja Kalesnikava is saying. The people are applauding.
13.34 More than 15 thousand people have already gathered at the rally.
13.33 “Perseverance, patience, and love of Belarusians will be enough to achieve victory,” Maryja Kalesnikava is saying.
13.31 “There are even more of us! The majority has become an absolute majority,” Maryja Kalesnikava is saying.
13.29 “I am happy that I am standing in front of you, I see your sparkling eyes, I am happy that we travel around all of Belarus, and see dozens of thousands of people in love with Belarus. I no longer belong to myself - I belong to you, beloved Belarusians!” Kalesnikava is saying. The people are cheering.
13.38 Together we are strong: stunning photos from the rally in Hrodna
13:26 Maryja Kalesnikava addresses Hrodna residents in Belarusian, telling how much she loves this city. The people are applauding.
13.24 “Friends, I will not give up. I will go to victory!” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is saying. “We are with you!” the people are shouting. “We Believe! We Can! We Shall Win!” the whole park is chanting. The applause does not subside.
13.21 There are a lot of people in Hrodna. The weather is wonderful. The atmosphere is fiery!
13.21 Another stunning photo from Hrodna.
13.19 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is calling to vote for her on August 9. “Look how many of us are there! We will definitely win this year!” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is saying. The people are chanting “Sveta! Sveta! Sveta!”
13.17 “We offer Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya as a symbol of these very changes,” says the presidential candidate. “We Believe! We Can! We Shall Win!”, the people have been chanting this for several minutes.
13.11 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is reading out the names of political prisoners. The people are chanting “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”
13.09 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya reminds residents of Hrodna about the provocation of the authorities against her husband. “Shame!” thousands of people are chanting.
13.08 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is speaking in Belarusian. “I like Hrodna very much. This is the most beautiful city in Belarus. This is the city of kings and great dukes. Thank you for coming here, there are so many of you!” Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is saying.
13.04 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya with the headquarters is on stage. The song “Bring Down Prison Walls” is playing. The ovation seems to never stop.
13.03 A resident of Hrodna came to the rally with his little son, telling him why he wants changes.
13.02 The closer the headquarters of a presidential candidate to the stage, the stronger the jubilation among the people.
13.01 The people have formed a living corridor, welcoming Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya with ovations, chanting “Sveta! Sveta! Sveta!”, “Thank You!”, “Long Live Belarus!”
12.58 Tsikhanouskaya's headquarters on the way to the stage are singing “Three Turtles”.
12.57 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya with the headquarters are going to the place of the meeting. People recognize them, and greet them with applause.
12.56 Hrodna pleases with the massive presence, and the atmosphere at the rally.
12.54 “Finally, the time has come when we can be proud of the fact that we are Belarusians!”, a participant of the rally is saying from the stage.
12.53 The river of people flows to the place of the meeting from different directions.
12.49 “I know Siarhei Tsikhanouski by his videos, I watch them on the Internet. They are just wonderful! This is my opinion,” says a 76-year-old resident of Hrodna.
12.47 The song “We Want Changes!” by Viktor Tsoi is played throughout the park.
12.46 The stage is surrounded by a sea of people. It's amazing!
12.45 Hrodna means prode! Several thousand people have already gathered in Kalozhski Park, and the people continue to arrive.
12.43 “In some places in our city it is very fresh, very interesting. Many are acting with partisan methods. I used to be apolitical. But now I understood: changes are needed. I am proud of Belarusians, proud of my country, proud of how people have risen. You will not believe it, how many people have views like mine,” says a 24-year-old Hrodna resident, a driver by profession.
12.40 Look what a sea of people have come to the rally in Hrodna!
12.37 “My grandmother has been reading Charter-97 every day since its founding, and believes in changes,” a young man said at the rally.
12.35 Video fact: a multi-thousand crowd is chanting “Long Live Belarus!”
12.34 Sviatlana Tihanovskaya on the way to the rally is taking pictures with Hrodna residents, who recognize her on the streets, show their white ribbons on their wrists.
12.33 “2020 will be a year of changes. This is inevitable,” says a young resident of Hrodna.
12.29 “I respect brave people. And I am ready to bow to them to the ground. I bow before the courage of these three women. Belarus is for brave people. Wealth, everything passes - but honor remains forever. Honor is the most important thing for a person,” says a resident of Hrodna, who came to the rally with his son, who is a boxer.
12.25 “We are here to support our children, our families, our future. All of my friends are for the new power,” a young woman from Hrodna, who has come to the rally with her little daughter, is saying.
12.24 The people are loudly chanting: “We Believe! We Can! We Shall Win!” and “Long Live Belarus!” The applause seems to never stop.
12.22 A young man has come to the rally with a huge white-red-white flag. “I want changes. That's why I'm here with this flag,” he says.
12.20 In Hrodna, there are a lot of national symbols.
12.18 “What this government is doing is disgusting and revolting. This year we must become free. So that everyone who was forced to leave the country could return. Long Live Belarus!”, says a resident of Hrodna.
12.18 And this is what a huge queue looks like at Kalozhski Park.
12.17 There are already several thousand people at the rally in Hrodna. The area in front of the stage is filled with people, and they keep coming.
12.15 “The doctors whom I have known for a long time say: Lukashenka has health issues,” says a resident of Hrodna.
12.14 People are moving in a powerful stream.
12.13 More than a thousand people have already gathered. The square in front of the stage at a distance of 300 meters is literally packed with people.
12.11 Meanwhile, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, together with the headquarters, is walking through the center of Hrodna to the place of the meeting.
12.08 At the rally, the song “I Was Born Here” by Zmitser Vaytsiushkevich sounds from the stage.
12.03 People are coming in an endless stream.
12.01 “Everything in our country needs to be changed. For the sake of our children. I am an honored coach of Belarus. I am sorry for the beggarly pension of my colleagues. We defended the honor of the country, and now we get a penny. We need to change the government. 90% of athletes are against this government, on the side of change,” says an elderly resident of Hrodna, an honored coach of Belarus.
12.00 “We are all for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. This is our ticket to the future, to a better life,” young women from Hrodna are saying.
11.55 Hrodna residents are going to the Kalozhski Park in an endless stream. The video has been provided by Nasha Niva.
11.50 Even before the beginning of the meeting, hundreds of people lined up at the entrance to the Kalozhski Park.
11.30 This is how the Kalozhski park in Hrodna looks like half an hour before the start of the rally.