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This Week with Alaksandr Milinkevich: We need our own Yulia Tymoshenko

This Week with Alaksandr Milinkevich: We need our own Yulia Tymoshenko

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The leader of the Movement For Freedom (MFF) defines on the events of the last week concerning Belarus that, in his view, were the most significant ones. One event with a “plus” and one with a “minus”.

Negative event

This is the way the Freedom Day was celebrated this year. The action represented just a modest laying of flowers to the monuments of the Belarusian literature’s classics which required no permissions. However, the centre of Minsk was encircled by policemen, both in uniform and in civilian clothes, which was inadequate as to the celebration’s format.

Unfortunately, democratic forces have chosen a strange “flower” format of celebration of March 25 in various places. In fact, this was decided at the last moment, when some of the democrats provoked the prohibition of the action by the authorities through a knowingly no-go application because of its route, and when they didn’t manage to agree between each other concerning a common scenario.

Positive event

My participation in an informal summit of the European People’s Party that was visited either by the leaders of many countries, both the members of the EU and those that are not its members, or the opposition leaders. The company was as follows: Merkel, Van Rompuy, Tusk, Barroso, Buzek, Fillon, Reinfeldt, Schwarzenberg, Saakashvili, Tymoshenko, etc.

I’d like to mention separately a very warm meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko: a dynamic and strong-willed woman; behaves herself firmly despite the persecution by the current Ukrainian authorities. We lack very much such beautiful women with leadership qualities for the first roles in politics. They often have the talent to generate new ideas and reasonable approaches, and to demonstrate the example of purposefulness to many men in politics.

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