During the Thursday session, the Warsaw Council unanimously adopted a resolution on naming the intersection of Puławska Street and Piłsudskiego Avenue, i.e. the road along the Southern Warsaw Bypass (expressway S2). Its official name will now be Rondo Wolnej Belarus.
Such a name was requested jointly by the Foundation of the Center of Belarusian Solidarity and the Association of Initiative Free Belarus and Poland 2050. As the initiators emphasized, the location indicated by them has a symbolic dimension – drivers on the S2 road, which leads towards Belarusian Brest, will pass Warsaw through the Roundabout Free Belarus, and “Warsaw – an undefeated city, fighting many times in its history for the freedom and dignity of its inhabitants – must commemorate the efforts of our Belarusian friends for the right to live in a free country”.
The application was supported by 210 adult residents of Warsaw. Earlier, councilors from Ursynów unanimously voted in favor of giving such a name. – With this roundabout, we want to give a clear and legible signal of our solidarity with Belarusians. It is a much needed place in Warsaw. The inhabitants of Ursynów, with whom I am talking, are proud that the location under consideration is in our district, said Paweł Lenarczyk, Ursynów councilor in September of the Polish Press Agency.
The situation in Belarus after the presidential elections
In August 2020, presidential elections were held in Belarus, officially giving Alyaksandr Lukashenka 80.1 percent of the vote. His opponent, the very popular Swiatlana Cichanouska, received – according to official results – only 10.1 percent.
The election results, as well as the violence of the law enforcement agencies against protesting citizens, led to the largest mass protests in the history of Belarus, which lasted for several months. However, the authorities responded with equally unprecedented repression. Most of the independent media have been blocked or liquidated.
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