Solidarity head leaves for Belarus on Monday

Solidarity head leaves for Belarus on Monday Adam Warżawa/PAP

Solidarity trade union head Piotr Duda is leaving for Belarus on Monday to meet with leader of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions Alexander Yaroshuk, Duda's spokesman Marek Lewandowski announced.

Lewandowski wrote in a press release that Piotr Duda is going to Minsk at the invitation of the congress. He is planned to meet Yaroshuk to talk about the current situation in Belarus. "Of course, if he is allowed to enter," Lewandowski said.

"We will exchange views about the current challenges in Europe as well as the ones facing the Belarusian national trade union movement," the spokesman wrote, adding that the talk will also be focused on democracy, attacks against the freedom of associations as well as international mechanisms and tools designed to solve such problems, the strengthening of Belarusian trade unions, the development of trade union education and challenges facing Belarusian workers.

Duda and Yaroshuk are also planned to speak about charity aid and support planned as part of the Polish trade union fund 'Solidarity with Belarus."

On August 9, Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected president of Belarus having allegedly acquired 80.1 percent of the vote in the national elections, while his main contender Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya ostensibly garnered 10.1 percent. Belarusians, who believe that the election has been fixed, have been staging protests since election day.

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