Belarus: neither side intends to retreat
7 February 2021 | Voice of Belarus
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Lukashenko got a taste of repression and seeks to completely stifle everything that is somehow connected with the protest. Activists, journalists, book publishers and ordinary people who are grabbed on the streets for no reason are arrested. The white-red-white flag, under which Belarus gained independence in 1991, was also under threat of being recognised as extremist. Today, it has become a symbol of unceasing protests.
But Belarusians respond with solidarity once again: the petition against the recognition of the national flag as a symbol of extremism gained more than 100,000 signatures in just a couple of days; bright rallies in white-red-white colours were held on the streets. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on the world community to support the Belarusians in their fight and declared 7 February as the Day of Solidarity with Belarus. Thousands of people from all over the world joined the action and demonstrated with all their hearts that they wish Belarusians victory and hope that their country will not turn into a cage for those who yearn for justice and freedom.