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  • Solidarity action at Tutaka Festival: Tsikhanouskaya, Latushka, Ivulin, and others support imprisoned journalists

    During the Tutaka Festival, which took place in Podlasie (Poland), the marathon of solidarity with imprisoned journalists, initiated by the BAJ, continued.

    Politicians, singers, and other famous Belarusians supported our colleagues who are now behind bars.

    The Tuta­ka Fes­ti­val was held in Pod­lasie, just at the Belaru­sian bor­der. This place has been par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant for the Belaru­sians for decades, the alter­na­tive and rock music fes­ti­val Baso­vishcha was held here mul­ti­ple times. And now, thanks to such events, Belaru­sian nation­al cul­ture sur­vives.

    The fes­ti­val con­sist­ed of sev­er­al days of per­for­mances, speech­es by politi­cians and pub­lic fig­ures, and con­certs.

    The sol­i­dar­i­ty marathon was also one of the pro­posed activ­i­ties. As a sign of sup­port for the impris­oned jour­nal­ists, the par­tic­i­pants in the action – politi­cians, musi­cians, cul­tur­al fig­ures, reporters – held up their por­traits.

    Svi­at­lana Tikhanouskaya held a por­trait of Andrei Ali­ak­san­drau, Pavel Latush­ka drew atten­tion to Kse­nia Lut­ski­na, Kat­siary­na Vadanosa­va and Yury Styl­s­ki held a por­trait of Kat­siary­na Andree­va (Bakhvala­va), Ali­ak­san­dr Ivulin expressed sol­i­dar­i­ty with Mary­na Zolata­va, and Marhary­ta Lyauchuk held a por­trait of Ali­ak­san­dr Liu­bianchuk.

    The sit­u­a­tion of impris­oned jour­nal­ists remains in the spot­light, despite the regime’s coun­ter­work. The par­tic­i­pants of the marathon asked how else they can help.

    “I am tak­ing part in the marathon in sol­i­dar­i­ty with Belaru­sian jour­nal­ists because I share the pain of the par­ents, chil­dren, and rel­a­tives of these brave peo­ple,” said Svi­at­lana Tsikhanouskaya. “They are real pro­fes­sion­als, that’s why they have suf­fered from the actions of the regime. Every day of their life in prison means their plans unful­filled, their chil­dren not hugged, tears in the eyes of their fam­i­ly mem­bers. Togeth­er we can bring the day of free­dom for all polit­i­cal pris­on­ers in Belarus clos­er. Let’s fight for the truth! Let’s stay togeth­er!”

    Anoth­er par­tic­i­pant in the marathon was the artist Yana Shostak. She has repeat­ed­ly made artis­tic per­for­mances. For one minute she would scream to attract atten­tion to polit­i­cal pris­on­ers, and this sig­nal to the world is clear­er than many words.

    We remind you that the marathon in sol­i­dar­i­ty with Belaru­sian impris­oned jour­nal­ists start­ed on 3 May in Vil­nius with a joint action of the Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists and the Union of Jour­nal­ists of Lithua­nia.

    Ger­many, Swe­den, Fin­land, Den­mark, and oth­er coun­tries have already joined the action.

    BAJ calls on col­leagues all over the world to sup­port the sol­i­dar­i­ty action!

    You can print por­traits of impris­oned col­leagues, take pic­tures with them in rec­og­niz­able places of your city and pub­lish them on social media with the tags #СвабодуЖурналістам and #BecauseThe­Jour­nal­ist, and also send us to office@baj.media or intercomm@baj.media.



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