The Belarusian community in Scotland
“How should a Belarusian behave abroad? Let him remember that foreigners, looking at him, will judge the whole nation. So let a Belarusian abroad represent his nation with dignity and respect.” V. Lastovsk
The Belarusian diaspora in Scotland is quite small.
There is no direct diplomatic mission of the Republic of Belarus in the country, which means that cultural events and conferences were not held, and international communications were not carried out.
Therefore, until recently, we, the Belarusians of Scotland, were tight-lipped. Until recently, we had no idea that we were walking the same streets with other great Belarusians. Until recently, we could not imagine that we would ever unite and spread our wings like a permanent and successful diaspora …
But the events of the summer of 2020 changed us forever.
People’s Embassy of Belarus in Scotland.
On August 9, 2020, some people have traveled to London to vote in the presidential election. According to independent observers, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya received more than 85% of the vote. These votes were criminally stolen by the false Central Election Commission and the self-proclaimed President Lukashenko. In this regard, we, the Belarusians of Scotland, announce the establishment of an independent People’s Embassy of Belarus in Scotland. Under the auspices of our association we undertake to represent the interests of the democratic movement of free Belarusians, to fight for human rights in our homeland, to organize cultural and political events in Scotland, to create a dialogue between Scottish and Belarusian societies, to cover events objectively and in a timely manner in Belarus.
The official position of Scotland.
The First Minister of Scotland and other parlament representatives has condemned the police violence and falcification of the results and expressed their support for democracy and human rights in Belarus.
Belarusians in Scotland.
The number of Belarusians in Scotland is more than 200 people. Among the members of the diaspora are people of different professions: musicians, journalists, scientists, programmers and many others. Since July 2020, our diaspora has been holding regular street rallies in support of a free Belarus, meeting with media representatives and Scottish parliamentarians. In the near future, the diaspora plans to actively develop and expand such activities and create a platform for dialogue between Belarusian and Scottish civil society.
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