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Pavel Seviarynets: Belarusians Must Give Their Answer

Pavel Seviarynets: Belarusians Must Give Their Answer

The politician has explained why he is calling the people to the Kastrychnitskaya Square on December 7.

One of the leaders of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party Pavel Seviarynets has told Charter97.org about this.

- You have called on the people to take to the Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk on December 7, in the social media. Why did you decide to appeal to the people?

- For the past year, Russia has been carrying out systemic pressure on Belarus with the aim of absorbing our country - from the pressure only on Lukashenka personally to the pressure on our entire society through informational, economic and international levers.

This pressure is aimed at making Belarus a part of Russia. And in September it became known that certain “road maps” were signed, which provide for the unification of legislation, bringing standards of our ministries and institutions in line with the Russian standards - that is, the full-format preparations for anschluss are being conducted.

Just from the end of September, traveling around the regions, I asked people to be ready to go to Minsk in case of signing the so-called “integration agreements”. Many - and this is hundreds of people, at least whom I know - are going to be there, and will come at 12 a.m. on December 7 in the Kastrychnitskaya Square in Minsk (also known as Kastus Kalinouski Square).

I think that there simply cannot be two opinions: Belarusians should not be silent in such a situation. A few days ago, Belarusian ambassador to Russia Uladzimir Siamashka said that Lukashenka and Putin agreed on a common “parliament” and a common government - some supranational bodies. This is a direct surrender of independence. Even when such statements from responsible officials are simply voiced, the Belarusian people must give their answer.

And therefore, there will be a protest rally at 12 a.m. on December 7 in the center of Minsk - the Kastus Kalinouski Square.

The task at least in this action is to declare to Belarusians and the whole world: “We are against this!”. If there is silence, if nothing happens, it will resemble the situation with the Silent Seym and the divisions of the Rzecz Pospolita. Silence is a sign of consent. Invaders come in - and the whole world sees that Belarusians are just silent, speech has been taken away, and so on.

In order not to let the speech be taken away, you need to get together in the square and say: “No, we are against this!” This is a minimum program.

- What, then, is the maximum program?

- The maximum program will become clear basing on the situation: how many people will be there. If there are many, it will be possible to stand in the square until negotiations are underway - and even until a new reality begins in Belarus.

If the square is full, then there will be a completely different reality. I, of course, am a realist. I understand that now most of the people are sleeping. But now it’s not about “election-shmelection”, now it’s about the existence of the state. Therefore, I ask everyone who can to be in the Kastrychnitskaya Square on December 7.

The main reason why we need to come out is that Belarus should live. There are forces and there are people who want to make it a part of Russia, to make it a clogged collective farm, just an unnamed territory.

But a whole generation of people has grown up who understand that Belarus is their life. This is the only place on Earth where we can live, develop, realize ourselves as a people. To protect this opportunity, to protect this land and freedom is our holy duty. Therefore, everything must be perceived not at the level of instructions or the right words, but at the level of the soul and heart. It's as easy as breathing. They want to destroy us - we must come out and confront it.