Open letter of Ukrainian writers to Belarusian colleagues
Our dear Friends, dear Belarusian writers! Distinguished Colleagues – writers, journalists, the entire PEN community!
Since August we have been paying close attention to the events in Belarus, to the reaction of Belarusian citizens on the rigged presidential elections, and to the authority’s attempt to solve the problem and quell the insubordinate by brute force. We firmly condemn the regime of Lukashenka and all those who serve him.
Few others can rival us in understanding the high price of freedom. Together with you, we address the international public opinion: support free Belarusians! Help end the violence in the European country! Do not repeat the appeasement mistakes, do not be silent!
We have all too well learned the price of silence that led to crimes against humanity in Yugoslavia, to Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
Long live Belarus!
Archbishop Ihor Isichenko