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EWC at the #FreeBelarus rally

EWC President Nina George speaks at the rally for Belarus

Since the last presidential election in Belarus, the political and social situation has not improved. At the Frankfurt Book Fair, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the European Writers’ Council, PEN and opposition activists from Belarus are setting a sign for freedom of expression at a rally.
Since the last presidential election, the political and social situation in Belarus has not improved, even if reports in the press are becoming less frequent. People continue to be locked up and tortured simply because they demand a different policy in their country. The literary scene in particular is under severe pressure, authors are persecuted, publishing houses are not allowed to publish and important associations in Belarus, such as PEN and the Union of Belarusian Writers (UBW), are being closed down. The participants in a rally at the Frankfurt Book Fair want to address these intolerable conditions, show solidarity with the democratic movement in Belarus and send a signal for freedom of expression and democracy.On 23 October 2021 at 2 pm on Goetheplatz in Frankfurt am Main, the rally “Freedom of expression for Belarus! #freebelarus” will take place.

Speakers:

Sasha Filipenko (Author)
Alexandra Logovina (Head of Public Outreach in the office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya)
Nina George (Author and President of the European Writers Council)
Regula Venske (Author and President of the PEN Centre Germany)
Alexander Skipis (Chief Executive of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels)

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