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On the 38th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the “Chernobyl Road” march took place through the streets of Warsaw. It was organized by Belarusian activists of independent social organizations and representatives of the diaspora.

The “Chernobyl Road” march, which passed through the streets of the capital on Friday, was held under the slogan “No – to nuclear weapons in Belarus.” It started in front of the Nicolaus Copernicus monument in Krakowskie Przedmieście and ended in front of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie monument in Nowy Rynek.

– The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which occurred on the night of April 25-26, 1986, is one of the greatest disasters our nation has experienced. 38 years ago, over a million Belarusians were directly exposed to its effects. Most of them did not receive help. We want to remember them and other scars on the soul of our nation, hence today's demonstration, said Alina Koushyk, representative for national revival in the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus.

She pointed out that for years, Chernobyl marches, called the “Chernobyl Trail”, took place in Minsk, uniting the entire nation.

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“We will not forget the lessons from Chernobyl”

As Koushyk noted, “today we also want to remember the victims of the regime who gave their lives for our freedom and the truth about our history, because it strengthens us and gives us the strength to continue to act.” – Without roots, without language, without culture and memory of where we come from, we will never be authentic – she added.

Koushyk announced that “online elections to the Coordination Council of Belarus (proto-parliament), a representative body of various pro-independence, democratic circles, will be held on May 25-27.”

The march was also attended by the president of the National Anti-Crisis Authority (NZA), deputy head of the United Transitional Cabinet of Belarus, former ambassador Pavel Latushka. He pointed out that similar rallies are also organized in other countries where Belarusians live.

SEE: They worked in Chernobyl. Now they are talking about a “no less” threat than in 1986.

According to Latushka, “until President Alexander Lukashenko and the people of his regime are held accountable for the crimes committed, there will be no truth in the country.” – I'm fighting for the truth. The question is: do our partners want to fight for the truth with us? – said the Belarusian oppositionist.

The march participants carried white-red-white flags and banners with the inscriptions: “Chernobyl killed and continues to destroy”, “We will not forget the lessons from Chernobyl” and “Our actions will influence the lives of future generations.” The action was organized by the Warsaw Community of the Belarusian Language Society with the support of the “Belarusians of Warsaw” initiative and other social organizations of the diaspora.

Kyiv. 38th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disasterReuters

Main photo source: PAP/Radek Pietruszka

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