77th anniversary of Kristallnacht of Belarusian culture marked in Baranavichy

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

November 1, Baranavichy social activists and human rights defenders marked one of the most tragic pages of our history: the 77th anniversary of the "Kristallnacht" of the Belarusian culture.

The people who are indifferent to these moments in the history, gathered near the Cross to the victims of Stalin's repression in 1939-1953 (the intersection of Smalenskaya and Pirahou streets),
cleared the park from the garbage, laid flowers and lit candles. Then they read out the names of those who died in that tragic night and prayed for all people who died as a result of the repression.

“I intended to hold a memorial picket on October 30 to remind our citizens that on the night of 29 to 30 October 1937 the NKVD executed in Minsk prison 22 Belarusian writers and more than 80 representatives of intellectual circles of our country. I wanted to dedicate this modest action to the memory of innocent victims, Belarusian cultural activists, so that such tragic events in our history would never be repeated. However, Baranavičy City Executive Committee forbade me to picket at the permitted site, the old city park, that's why the commemoration was held in a different format,” commented public activist Anzhalika Kambalava.