Last Thursday, 25 March, marked the Belarus Freedom Day. With the Lukashenko regime still holding onto power, the Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya launched a call for action to express solidarity with the people of Belarus and their continuous fight for democracy, freedom and fundamental rights. The ALDE Party responded to the call and organised a virtual protest to show its support.
In the European Parliament, our MEPs participated in a peaceful demonstration in Brussels. In 2020, Renew Europe group played a key role in the resolution on Belarus, which explicitly supports the Belarusian protesters and demands new, free and fair elections in accordance with international standards.
⚪🔴⚪ Our MEPs participated today in a peaceful demonstration in Brussels to lend a hand of solidarity and support to the Belarusian people in their Freedom Day.— Renew Europe (@RenewEurope) March 25, 2021
✊ We #StandWithBelarus on their fight for freedom and democracy! pic.twitter.com/WZ0SMM4Hz3
European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová also joined the peaceful demonstration.
I am moved to mark the Freedom day in Belarus today. I come from country that is no stranger to the fight for freedom & democracy. Be sure, the EU condemns the persecution of people exercising their #fundamentalRights— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) March 25, 2021
Еўрапейскі саюз салідарны з народам Беларусі#StandWithBelarus pic.twitter.com/HhtdA41x3X
ALDE Party Vice-President Dita Charanzová shared a message of support and solidarity on the day.
In Lithuania, Liberalų sąjūdis party leader Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, expressed her solidarity with a message of support.
Congratulations on Independence Day of the Democratic Republic of Belarus!— Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen (@VCmilyte) March 25, 2021
The year 1918 is as important to #Lithuania, as it is to #Belarus. Our states had common objectives then, but different paths. However, despite of everything, today we are together.#ЖывеБеларусь ❤️🤍❤️ pic.twitter.com/MbfJepXJeN
The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Thomas Byrne and German MP Michael Georg Link were also among the liberals who joined our virtual protest.
There is no freedom without democracy. Today on Belarus Freedom Day I join Europe’s liberals @ALDEParty to stand in solidarity with @Tsihanouskaya and with Belarusian citizens who bravely protest for their rights and freedoms to be respected! #StandWithBelarus #ALDEAct— Michael Georg Link (@michael_g_link) March 25, 2021
On Belarus Freedom Day, I #StandWithBelarus! There is no freedom without democracy, and today I join Europe’s liberals @ALDEParty to stand in solidarity with the people of Belarus. #StandWithBelarus #ALDEAct https://t.co/ROZlvmWoGK— Thomas Byrne (@ThomasByrneTD) March 25, 2021
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