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More than 30 demonstrations and events. Join the Day of Political Prisoners! Updated

2024 2024-05-20T10:55:00+0300 2024-05-20T09:55:55+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Viasna human rights center has designated May 21 as a Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners in Belarus. This year will be the third anniversary of the death of political prisoner and activist Vitold Ashurak in Škloŭ colony No. 17. Viasna calls on people to express solidarity with all political prisoners on May 21, draw the attention of the Belarusian and international community to the failure to provide proper medical care in places of detention, and once again demand the authorities to release all political prisoners. Viasna shares the demonstrations and events you can join on May 18–26 to commemorate the Day of Political Prisoners. 

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May 18

Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 13:00, a solidarity demonstration at Holyrood park car park

May 19

London, 11:00, Parliament Square. Details

Gdansk, 13:00, ul. Długi Targ 13

New York, 13:00, a Belarusian picnic in Central Park. Details

Warsaw, 14:00, opening of an interactive exhibition Walls, the square near the Copernicus monument

Rome, 15:00–17:00, Piazza dell'Esquilino. Details

Szczecin, 17:00, Zegar Słoneczny on Aleja Kwiatowa

May 20

Brussels, 14:00, a street demonstration in Albertine Square, then writing letters to political prisoners and watching a film about them. Details

Turin, 14:30, the opening of an exhibition by artist Ksisha Anhelava, Piazza Carlo Alberto 3. Details

Warsaw, 19:00, an open screening of the film Purple Tears and a discussion. Details

May 21

Lublin, 10:00–15:00, an even for writing letters to political prisoners. Details

Warsaw, 11:00, a press conference on the occasion of the Day of the Political Prisoner, Kryniczna 6. Details

Florence, 12:00, an art performance in the Mandela Forum Voices that (Don't) Sound. Details

Vilnius, 17:00, open recording of the Spring will Come podcast, Vilniaus g. 20. Details

Bialystok, 18:00, a demonstration near the Consulate of Belarus. Skwer Wolnej Białorusi, 1

Warsaw, 18:00, an event on the occasion of the Day of Political Prisoners, Witryna Domu Wschodniego, Plac Konstytucji 6. Details

Wroclaw, 18:00, a solidarity demonstration at the Fountain Market. Details

Klaipeda, 18:30, a bike ride from Molas

Stockholm, 18:30, a solidarity rally, Sergels torg

Zurich, 18:30-19:30, Züghusplatz. Details 

Warsaw, 19:00, Free Kupalaucy theater collective at the Museum of Free Belarus is performing a program A Word from Prison. Details

Vilnius, 19:00, a solidarity rally, Cathedral Square

Batumi, 19:00, a solidarity demonstration on Europe Square

Tbilisi, 19:00,writing solidarity letters. Details

Klaipeda, 19:30, writing letters to political prisoners in Tremtinių skvere

Vilnius, 20:00, Vilniaus gatve 16. The play Volnyia (The Free). Registration

Stockholm, May 21–22, Stockholm Conference on Belarus, organized by the Swedish Foreign Policy Institute with the participation of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and other representatives of the democratic forces of Belarus

May 23

Tallinn, 17:30, screening of the film The Accidental President, Registration

Budva, 19:00, screening of the film Belarus 23.34. Details

May 23–25

Prague. Congress on Belarus Political Prisoners 

#WithoutJustCause: The Congress on Belarus Political Prisoners will be held on May 23–25 in Prague

The Prague Congress will become a platform for joint analysis, dialogue, and coordination of actions that would make it possible to stop the humanitarian crisis in Belarus.

May 26

Warsaw, 19:00, the Museum of Free Belarus, the performance The Sea of Khrystsina. Details and tickets


A Country for Life: 1461 letter to Tsikhanouski.

The Belarusian Youth Hub and Dissident and the Marathon of Letters campaign.

Remember the safety rules. Join the solidarity actions only if it is safe for you!

Human rights activists are collecting information about events dedicated to the Day of Political Prisoners of Belarus. You can send them via Telegram: @Viasnainfo 

You can read how to join the Day of Political Prisoners here:

"The main thing is to save your health." May 21 is the Day of Political Prisoners

On May 21, Viasna calls on to express solidarity with all political prisoners and once again demand the regime to release them.

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