Last night, over 110 cities across Europe and worldwide
, from Oslo to Istanbul, from Lisbon to Vilnius as well as in Dubai, Mexico, Pretoria and New York took to the streets against Lukashenko
's unjust Belarus dictatorship
, demanding a European Foreign Policy.
Activists across the continent gagged statues, symbolically preventing them from speaking freely, much like the current situation for many Belarusian
citizens and leaders of democracy and oppositions movements.
Action Co-ordinator Toni Giugliano said
European youth will never give up fighting for a dictatorship
free Europe. Our partners joining us in the action have trebled and our cities have reached a new record.
We will demonstrate each year until the last European dictatorship
falls and until the EU addresses the human rights violations in Belarus.
It is absolutely appalling that the EU has suspended Lukashenko
's travel ban. We will get nowhere unless the EU tightens sanctions against Belarus
in return for respect for political opposition and minorities, human rights and freedom of the press.
The fact that a dictatorship
is still standing in the EU's back yard is proof that Europe's dysfunctional foreign policy is not working.
Mr. Vladislav Jandjuk
, Speaker of the Belarusian Government in exile (Council of the Belarusian People's Republic) said
Today, on the occasion of the anniversary of the manipulated presidential elections, we need to show to the Lukashenko
regime what western democratic values are: freedom and human rights.
They are not just empty words, but grounds for a just and responsible organisation of society. Only those who respect the rights and freedoms of others can be respected themselves. Our demand is clear: free and just elections for Belarus
Samuele Pii, President of JEF Europe concluded
Over the coming months, JEF Europe will be engaged in raising awareness about the upcoming European elections and advocating change
Change is fundamental in Belarus
but is also fundamental in Europe.
Only with a common Foreign and Security Policy will the EU have the means to stand up to dictatorships
and address the growing global problems that we are currently facing.