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Rally at Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius in support of imprisoned human rights activist Bialiatski

Petras Vaida, BC, Vilnius, 07.08.2012.Print version
Lithuanian and Belarusian citizens Monday held a rally at the Belarusian Embassy in Vilnius in support of the imprisoned Belarusian human right activist Alias Bialiatski. The activist received a 4.5 years sentence in Belarus.

Alias Bialiatski.

On a one year anniversary of the activist's imprisonment, the rally's participants handed a petition to release Bialiatski and other political prisoners to the Belarusian ambassador in Lithuania. They also called for an immediate stop of all repressions against the civil society of Belarus, reports LETA/ELTA.


"Any official reaction is not very likely but sometimes it is important just to show solidarity. It is even more important than government actions. We want people to know that we care about them and do everything possible to get them released," said Belarusian human rights activist Anna Yasimova on Lithuania's national TV.


"In any case we cannot keep silent given such situation. I believe that Belarus' government will react because previously some political prisoners were released after foreign pressure. Similar campaigns were held in other post-Soviet countries in Europe and we expect Bialiatski to regain freedom following them," said human rights activist from Ukraine Constantine Reucki.

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