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Opposition Leaders, Public Figures, and Sports Stars Supported Workers’ Demands

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Opposition Leaders, Public Figures, and Sports Stars Supported Workers’ Demands
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Belarusians have the right to strike.

Belarusian politicians, public figures, journalists, and athletes expressed solidarity and supported ten demands of the Belarusian Workers' Union.

Appeal of Public Figures of Belarus in Support of Workers' Demands

We, the undersigned citizens of Belarus, express our solidarity and support the ten demands of the Belarusian Workers' Association. We call on the government of the country to immediately start implementing them in order to resolve the political and economic crisis. If the requirements are not met as soon as possible, citizens can use the right to strike in accordance with Article 41 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus as the only possible way to restore law and order in the country.

Our requirements:

1. End of repression, the release of all political prisoners and illegally arrested persons.

2. Bringing salaries, scholarships, and pensions in line with the real economic situation in the country.

3. The beginning of direct negotiations between the government and the democratic forces (with the obligatory participation of workers' leaders) on holding new presidential and parliamentary elections to resolve the political and economic crisis.

4. Reinstatement of dismissed workers, expelled students, and the provision of guarantees for the safe return of all citizens of the Republic of Belarus who left the country due to repression.

5. Realization of the right to operate independent trade unions, including the creation of new ones.

6. Realization of the constitutional right of citizens to free movement.

7. Realization of citizens' right to protection from COVID-19, including through vaccination with internationally recognized vaccines. Protection of the rights of physicians.

8. Implementation of the constitutional right to freedom of speech. Immediate release of all journalists and bloggers.

9. Normalization of relations with neighboring countries. Ending "hybrid" migration.

10. Creation of favorable conditions for the development of small and medium-sized businesses.

We call on the citizens of the country to jointly stop the sliding of our native Belarus into the abyss, restore law and order, and put an end to the political crisis.

Arkhipova Anastasia, Honored Master of Sports, three-time World Sambo Champion

Bolkunets Dmitry, political commentator

Dmitry Bondarenko, coordinator of the European Belarus civil campaign

Bukin Semyon, master of sports in artistic gymnastics

Verevka Evgeniy, master of sports in football

Vilsky Evgeniy, deputy chairman of the Narodnaya Hramada party

Voitovich Ivan, former chief state sanitary doctor of the city of Minsk

Gerasimenya Alexandra, world champion, European champion, winner of the Olympic Games in swimming, head of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund

Glinnik Stanislava, co-founder of the Belarusian Youth Hub

Anatoly Kotov, Deputy Head of the Eastern European Strategic Forum

Kravchenko Andrey, medalist of the Olympic Games, World Championship, European champion in athletics

Kruglova Veronika, singer, actress, teacher

Pavel Latushko, member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, head of the People's Anti-Crisis Management

Levchuk Margarita, opera singer

Leshchik Natalia, Honored Master of Sports, silver medalist of the 2012 Olympic Games

Marinich Pavel, head of the Zurb platform and Malanka-media

Maseikova Elena, sports manager

Maslovsky Nikolay, blogger, Belarus for Change channel, former employee of EPAM

Mishchenko Veronika, member of the Presidium of the Narodnaya Hramada party

Nyaklyaeu Vladimir, poet, former presidential candidate of Belarus

Nikolaychuk Alexander, individual entrepreneur

Opeikin Alexander, Executive Director of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund

Andrzej Pisalnik, journalist

Sergey Podalinsky, master of sports in mini-football, 3-time champion of Belarus, 5-time winner of the Belarus Cup

Polienko Dmitry, activist of the anarchist movement

Stepan Popov, Honored Master of Sports, World and European Sambo Champion, Winner of the FairPlay World Diploma

Natalia Radina, editor-in-chief of the Charter-97 website

Andrei Sannikov, coordinator of the European Belarus civil campaign, former presidential candidate in Belarus

Slepukhin Valery, civil activist (Gomel)

Starovoitov Nikita, former coach-massage therapist of the national women's weightlifting team of Belarus

Timanovskaya Kristina, international master of sports in athletics, two-time silver medalist of the European Games

Todrik-PisalnikInna, journalist

Trotsky Valentin, deputy chairman of the Narodnaya Hramada party

Anna Fedoronok, volunteer of the Country for Life Foundation

Filatova Elena, head of the Prava Diyut organization, the Anti-Crisis Center of the Belarusian House project in Ukraine

Tsepkalo Valeriy, Belarusian Democratic Forum, former candidate for residents of Belarus

Tsepkalo Veronika, head of Belarus Women’s Foundation

Khaschevatsky Yuri, film director

Shaporov Artyom, blogger, Real Belarus channel

Sharendo Andrey, activist of the European Belarus civil campaign, coordinator of the Belarusian National Congress in the Brest region

Yakovlev Konstantin, former head coach of the Vityaz handball club, activist of the Free Association of Athletes of Belarus

The appeal remains open for signing at the link.