Motorcyclists from Poland manifest solidarity with Belarusians
Motorcyclists from all over Poland gathered near the Polish-Belarusian border crossing in Kuznica, eastern Poland, on Sunday, to display their solidarity with the Belarusian people.
As part of their 'Highway to Freedom' rally, they released white and red balloons into the air and sang 'Mury' (Walls) in the Belarusian language. 'Mury' was a protest song with lyrics written by Polish singer Jacek Kaczmarski in 1978. The song became an anthem of the Polish anti-communist trade union movement Solidarity.
"(...) Let us show that we are not indifferent, that we have hearts and a spine, that as Poles we are sensitive to the wrongs being done to others, that our true Polish nature is unyielding and courageous, and that we will not allow anyone to take our freedom from us and others," the organisers of the event appealed earlier.
The rally in Kuznica was attended by several hundred people, including motorcyclists, as well as Belarusians living in Poland and local residents.
More than 100,000 people marched through Minsk on Sunday on the sixth straight weekend of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, keeping up the pressure on the veteran Belarusian leader to quit. The protests started after a presidential election last month that Lukashenko said he had won by a landslide but the opposition says was rigged.