215 Citizens Ask Lukashenka to Commemorate Kurapaty Victims

2003 2003-08-08T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

215 representatives of democratic public and political organizations of Belarus filed an open appeal to Aliaksandr Lukashenka with the demand to commemorate the memory of the Communistic terror victims, murdered in Kurapaty.

Excerpt from the appeal: “Kurapaty is a symbol of genocide of the Belarusian people during Stalin’s rule and the proper commemoration of the innocent victims of the Bolshevik terror in Belarus is absolutely necessary from the point of view of the people’s traditions and the common human moral. Absence of a monument to victims of communist and fascist dictatorship is blasphemy, a peculiar form of vandalism…

That’s why the progressive part of the society has been demanding for 15 years already from the republican authorities including You, Aliaksandr Ryhoravich, to solve this problem in a civilised way, at least by simple guarding of Kurapaty…”

According to the Radio “Liberty” the initiator of the application was the coordinative committee “Hrodna Initiative”. 215 representatives of public organizations, workers of large enterprises from Hrodna, Mahiliow, Brest, Homel, Vitsebsk, Minsk, Shchuchyn, Slonim, Svislach, Vawkavysk and other Belarusian cities. The collection of signatures started several months ago, when there was a threat that the cottage settlement “Sonechny” would be built near Kurapaty.