Lithuania and Poland are currently facing a security test. I would like to ask Poland and Lithuania to maintain their strength in the face of the actions of the regime of Alexander Lukashenka. – said the Belarusian opposition Swiatłana Cichanouska in the European Parliament.
The leader of the Belarusian opposition, during her speech in the European Parliament, referred to the migration crisis that was left, as she emphasized, by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka.
– Let’s not allow the regime to manipulate immigrants. (…) Belarusians and immigrants are now hostages of the regime – She indicated.
She also appealed to the European Parliament for solidarity with political prisoners in Belarus.
– At the moment, there are more political prisoners in Belarus than there are members of the European Parliament. 882. If we invite all the Belarusians who are in prisons, then there will not be enough places for them, she said.
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– Svyatlana Tsihanouskaya November 24, 2021
Chichanowska spoke of the Belarusian regime’s horrific crackdown on protesters and opposition voices after the rigged presidential elections last August. She remembered all the people who had been imprisoned, targeted and even killed by the Belarusian security forces, such as human rights defender Alice Bialiatsky, blogger Raman Pratasevic, political activist Maria Kalisnikwa, art educator Raman Bandarinka, journalists Daria Kzulkawa, Katsyarina Andregiwa, Olympian Kriskasina Shimanuschhin and many others , as well as about the recent crisis related to migrants at the European Union border with Belarus.
Assuming that these abuses against immigrants are somehow contained, do you really think this will end the abuses and threats to the regime outside its borders?
– I turned to the members of the European Parliament with such a question. He also warned of an increase in drug and other contraband, military provocations and even possible nuclear disasters at the EU’s external borders.
She also emphasized that the Belarusian democratic movement could not wait any longer for Europe, that European expressions of solidarity and concern must now turn into concrete actions, and that Europe must become more proactive in the face of authoritarianism.
– Will the EU have the courage to take decisive action against the regime in Minsk or will Belarusians wait another year. We don’t have another year left, nor Belarus nor Europe. We can do much more than just wait
– She indicated.
And on European sanctions, she said: “Let me assure you that the sanctions are paying off. Continue with a consistent policy of sanctions. Sanctions are disintegrating the elite, destroying corruption regimes and scattering people around Lukashenka.”
It also criticized Western European media for calling Lukashenka president.
– European media, such as Deutsche Welle or the BBC, are talking about President Lukashenka. it’s not. He is someone who illegally usurps the power that he has gained by force. We are calling on Europe not to recognize him as president, she said.
Europe and the Belarusian democratic forces also called for more solidarity.
– Let us not forget the Belarusian prisoners of conscience and help those who were forced to leave the country. And I concluded that democracy in Europe today depends not only on democracy in Belarus, on whether we go down this path together. The MEPs granted her speech with long applause.
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– Press Committee AFET (EP_ForeignAff) November 24, 2021
A separate public discussion was also held on Tuesday afternoon, with the participation of European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, on the security and humanitarian consequences of the situation in Belarus and its borders with the European Union.
Source: niezalezna.pl, PAP
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