Opposition to the war and solidarity with Ukraine, a transitional cabinet, work with diplomats and a fresh program of resistance to the regime
The NAM together with all the democratic forces and Belarusians say "NO!" war in Ukraine. Our team supported the formation of a transitional cabinet by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. Work continues to bring Lukashenka and his accomplices to justice, including for supporting Russian aggression. More details in the cards.
Here’s what we suggest everyone to do:
- save your money right now: withdraw all funds from cards, withdraw all deposits from banks, buy foreign currency, give up excisable goods and expensive new things to the maximum extend;
- protest against the regime and the war by any means available, share honest information with loved ones, help victims of the war in Ukraine;
- if you are an ambassador or just a diplomat, quit immediately and join the democratic forces, as Natalya Khvostova did;
- unite, resist, act!
The NAM strongly opposed the war unleashed by Putin:
- like the vast majority of Belarusians, we categorically condemn the actions of Russia and stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people;
- the people of Belarus have nothing to do with the conflict — the country is occupied by Lukashenka’s regime, and now also by Russian troops;
- Lukashenka cannot be allowed to play the role of a mediator — he is an accomplice, an aggressor, a war criminal, and not a peacemaker;
- it is necessary to prevent the creation of a Belarusian "offshore" for the Russian Federation against the backdrop of unequal sanctions.
Despite 1.5 years of monstrous repressions, at the call of the democratic forces, on February 27 and 28, thousands of brave Belarusians protested against the dictatorship and its "referendum", the war in Ukraine and our country’s participation in it.
On March 2, hundreds of people gathered at a rally initiated by the NAM at the Warsaw Bridge border crossing in Poland, as well as at the Medininkai checkpoint in Lithuania — in solidarity with the people detained at the protests in Belarus and the Ukrainian people. In addition, Belarusians abroad took part in a number of actions in large cities of Western countries and not only.
Unite, resist and act!
The NAM team joined the #BelarusWithUkraine movement, the main task of which is to support the Ukrainians in their heroic struggle, spread the truth about the war and the non-participation of Belarusians in it, and prevent a catastrophe in relations between our peoples.
In addition to the NAM, the campaign was initiated by the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Belarusian Rada of Culture, the Belarusian Solidarity Center, the Tutaka Foundation, the Honest People community and the Christian Vision group of the Coordination Council.
Evacuation of Belarusians
The NAM participants, together with volunteers, held consultations with the Polish authorities on the security of Belarusians who are in Ukraine, engulfed in fire. As a result, volunteers were organized on the border between Ukraine and Poland to help Belarusians evacuate and receive international protection.
We remind you: if you want to leave Ukraine for Poland, but do not have a valid Schengen visa, we recommend that you arrive at any border crossing between these countries and request additional protection or refugee status in Poland right on the spot.
The Transitional Cabinet
The NAM supported the decision of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to form a transitional cabinet as a body of national power in Belarus in connection with the war in Ukraine and the threat of Belarus losing sovereignty under Russian occupation.
The NAM members:
- agree that Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has the exclusive right to represent the interests of the Belarusian people, and welcome her readiness to assume the powers given in the 2020 elections to defend the independence and national interests of the country;
- call on all democratic forces to unite to create a national liberation movement;
- they demand that those whom Lukashenka tries to send to the war in Ukraine, do not follow criminal orders and, if possible, go over to the side of the Ukrainian army.
Working with partners
Pavel Latushka and his deputy at the NAM Vladzimir Astapenka met with the German Ambassador to Poland Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven. The ambassador expressed support for the opinion that Lukashenka is an aggressor in the conflict in Ukraine. In addition, the meeting discussed the exclusion of accomplices of the dictatorship from international and supranational organizations, their prosecution through the ICC in The Hague and equivalent sanctions against Russia and the Belarusian regime.
These days, the NAM representatives also held talks with Slovak MP Miroslav Kolor, Czech politicians Jiri Dragos and Ondrej Lohman. The partners supported the non-recognition of the "referendum" and the idea of declaring Lukashenka an international terrorist.
Resignation of consul in Munich
After the appeal of Pavel Latushka and representatives of the People’s Embassy to Belarusian diplomats not to support the criminal policy of Lukashenka, Natalya Khvostova publicly resigned from the post of Consul of the General Consulate of Belarus in Munich, Germany.
The NAM expressed gratitude to Natalia Khvostova for her brave and correct action — and invites all ambassadors and consuls of Belarus to do the same: write a letter of immediate resignation and join the democratic majority.
Victory over dictatorship is the business of each of us. We are offering to you:
- urgently save your money — not only from the regime, but also from the consequences of the war, which will inevitably hit Belarus: withdraw all money from cards, withdraw deposits from banks, do not buy excisable and expensive goods (especially Belarusian and Russian production);
- participate in the anti-war movement: protest, spread the truth, help Ukrainians and Belarusians affected by the war, wherever they are;
- if you are an ambassador or consul of Belarus, follow the example of Natalia Khvostova: resign and join the democratic forces;
- UNITE, RESIST, ACT!
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