Baltic States unite in support campaign "Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus"
18.08.2020

In solidarity with the Belarusian people's aspirations for freedom and democracy, Latvians are invited to take part in the anniversary of the historic Baltic Way on August 23 and be part of the solidarity campaign "Baltic Way to Freedom for Belarus" in Lithuania, but on the day before to go to Latgale and join the procession along the Belarusian border.

The "Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus" campaign will be a chain of solidarity from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to the Belarusian border, where participants from Latvia must complete one of the sections of the road.

On the Latvian side, the campaign will start in the evening of August 22. From the meeting point of the borders of Belarus, Russia and Latvia, which was formerly known as the “Mound of Friendship” (Zilupe region, Meikšāni, Pasiene parish), at 19:00 a march along the Belarusian border organized by the youth organization "Protest" will begin. It will end on August 23 in Piedruja, Kraslava region, where the opening event of the solidarity campaign will take place at 12:00.

From Piedruja the campaigners will start their way to Vilnius, where on the Lithuanian side they will unite with those Latvians who will go from all regions to the "Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus". The campaign in Lithuania will start on August 23 at 19:00 and the population will be provided with transport so that anyone interested can take part in this event, observing all epidemiological safety conditions and using face masks on the territory of Lithuania.

How to participate?

Participants from Latvia are welcome to apply to the “Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus” here: https://ej.uz/Daliba_Lietuva. The participation of Latvian residents will be coordinated by the Civic Alliance - Latvia, which will assign each participant a specific place on the Vilnius-Minsk highway. In order to take part in the march along the Belarusian border on August 22, we invite residents to apply here: https://ej.uz/Gajiens_Latvija You can get more information about the event here: https://ej.uz/Freedomway  

Similar solidarity actions will take place in Estonia and Ukraine, all united by the #FreedomWay hashtag. The “Baltic Way Freedom for Belarus” and march participants are invited to take white-red-white Belarusian flags as well as Latvian flags and dress in white.

Protests against the falsification of the results of the presidential election on 9 August in Belarus were brutally suppressed by the repressive forces of the prevailing authorities. However, they failed to intimidate the Belarusians. Hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of Belarus continue peaceful demonstrations and strikes for the second week in a row, demanding free elections and democratic transitions in their country.

The "Baltic Way" campaign took place on August 23, 1989, when more than two millions of Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians joined hands in a 600 km long chain through the Baltic States, affirming unity in the struggle for freedom.


Organizer contacts:

March coordinator in Latgale: Dainis Miglāns, youth organization “Protest”, dmiglans03@gmail.com, 29 681 463

Coordination of Latvia's participation: Kristīne Zonberga, Civic Alliance - Latvia, kristine@nvo.lv, 26 059 922

Supporting activities for Belarus: Inese Vaivare, “Stay Home” movement, inese@paliec-majas.lv, 26 414 862