Chairperson of Council of Belarusian People’s Republic Congratulates Belarusian People on Freedom Day
Chairperson of the Rada of the Belarusian People’s Republic Ivonka Survilla appealed to the Belarusian people on occasion of celebration of the 89th anniversary of declaration of the BPR. 'With great hope I am calling you, dear Belarusian compatriots, who are at home and abroad, for demonstrating 25 March that we are the united nation able to revive our motherland and to leave not “the last dictatorship in Europe” but free Belarusian People’s Republic to our children and grandchildren”, it is said in the appeal of the chairman of the BPR Rada the text of which is presented underneath:
“Dear Belarusian compatriots!
On behalf of the Rada of the Belarusian People’s Republic I congratulate you with our great national festival- the Day of 25 March.
25 March 1918 the Belarusian nation announced to the world that it was removing the last yoke of state dependence from its motherland and declared the Belarusian People’s Republic independent and
Unfortunately our people who were enfeebled by the war failed to defend their young republic’s independence then. Neither had we the friends in the world that could have protected us. A new persecution started then. Intruders physically exterminated our best people, destructed our language, our deep Christian values. They were exterminating us and saying that they were our “brothers”. Unfortunately, some of us believed them. And now there are those who continue believing. Only the latest events persuaded them that our people would live happily only when they became masters of their own home.
Dear compatriots, today our future is in our own hands. It depends on us if we will become the masters of our own home or will continue obeying desires of the strangers.
Our national festival – the Day of Freedom is the best occasion to demonstrate to the world and ourselves that we are a self-sufficient nation, that we are not only able to be the masters of our own country but we are able to be good masters. The only thing we have to learn is to love and appreciate each other because all of us are Belarusians; all of us are sons and daughters of the Belarusian land.
So, with great hope I am calling you, dear Belarusian compatriots, who are at home and abroad for demonstrating 25 March that we are the united nation able to revive our motherland and to leave not “the last dictatorship in Europe” but the free Belarusian People’s Republic to our children and grandchildren.
So, help us, God!
Long live Belarus!
Chairperson of the Rada of the Belarusian People’s Republic”