Monday, March 19, 2007

Gagged Statues Across Europe "Speak" for a Free Belarus

In an effective public protest of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka's rigged re-election last year (for his third 6-year term), young people in more than 60 European cities gagged hundreds of statues and displayed the message "Give a Voice to the People of Belarus."

The protests were organized by several groups including theYoung European Federalists whose vice-president Asa Gunven explained, "Youths from every corner of Europe are on the streets tonight to demand a democratic, free, and united Europe. This is European integration and international solidarity in action! It is time for Europe's leaders to also exchange words for action and take an active part in changing the reality for our muzzled European neighbors. A message shouted loud in 60 cities across the borders of Europe must not be neglected."