Belarusians urged to mark European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
A number of Belarusian NGOs, including the For Freedom movement, Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments, the Union of Poles in Belarus etc., have called upon Belarusian citizens to mark European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism on 23 August. They are planning to organize a trip of remembrance to the Katyn Massacre Memorial in Smolensk region, Russia, where some 15,000 persons of various nationalities were murdered by the Soviet special police in 1940.
‘We address all Belarusian citizens, public associations and Belarusian minority communities abroad with a proposal to organize memorial actions on 23 August. I would also like to call on believers and priests of different churches to hold services in memory of the victims of totalitarian regimes in accordance with their ceremonies,’ said Viachaslau Siuchyk, leader of the Razam movement.
Belarusian NGO activists also say they are going to insist on public condemnation of the crimes of Stalinism, including the demolition of the monuments to the organizers of the terror in Belarus.