Protests Held in Warsaw, Kyiv Against Political Repression in Belarus

Polish citizens and exile Belarusians held a demonstration in Warsaw to protest political repression in Belarus on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the controversial Belarus presidential election.

The protesters carried the Belarusian opposition’s red-and-white flag and chanted “Long live Belarus!” and marched from central Warsaw until past the U.S. and Russian embassies.

The protesters also delivered speeches in front of the Russian embassy and accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime. 

Protests were also held in Kyiv on the eve of the election anniversary and to express outrage over the death of Belarusian activist Vital Shyshov, who was found hanged in a park in Kyiv after he was reported missing on August 2.

The demonstrators also carried red-and-white flags and banners saying “Belarus under Lukashenko has become a concentration camp,” “North Korea in the center of Europe. Stop.”

“Today, Belarusians of Kyiv gathered to commemorate activist Vital Shyshou and show solidarity with those who fight for freedom in Belarus. 364 days ago, #BelarusMadeAChoice, and we continue to defend it,” tweeted Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

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