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Solidarity action in Stockholm for freedom of speech in Belarus

Pressmeddelande   •   Mar 18, 2012 09:33 CET

“We will meet at 3 pm to jointly walk through town and put gags on Stockholm’s statues. This symbolizes the oppression, silencing of journalists, writers, oppositional politicians, musicians and others in Belarus. We want to show the Belarusian people that we simply do not forget about their suffering, and that we are supporting them in their struggle for freedom,” says Isabel Sommerfeld, founder of Info Belarus.

This is also a protest against president Lukashenka and the last country in Europe that still imposes death penalty. Vladislav Kavaljou, one of the two death sentenced in Belarusian court that was accused for the bombing in Minsk subway 2011, has now been executed. Countries all over the world have criticized the trial, since the accused told the court that they were forced to admit the crime in previous hearings, where they were subjected to torture. Relatives of victims, who were silenced, also criticized the trial. The father of one of the injured was forced to a mental hospital after he criticized the death penalty and asked the Court to postpone the judgment.

Today we put gags on statues all over Europe and light candles for the people of Belarus, to show solidarity and protest against the death penalty in Europe's last dictatorship. In Stockholm this is arranged by the human rights network Info Belarus and Swedish Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (Östgruppen).

Photos from the action will be sent to media this evening.

It’s time to put and end to death penalty and oppression in Europe! 

For more information about the action in Stockholm, contact Isabel Sommerfeld, founder of Info Belarus: +46707292188 /

The Human Rights Network Info Belarus works with monitoring the situation and the political development in  Europe's last dictatorship, Belarus. With our information campaign, we want to strengthen the interest among journalists, politicians and the public. Read more: