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Source: DGB – Federal Board
26.10.2020Resolution of the Executive Board of the DGBSolidarity with the strikers in BelarusOn October 26th, workers in Belarus stop work to stand up for democracy in their country. You fight for human rights, which are central to a democracy. The executive DGB federal executive board declared its solidarity with the strikers in a resolution.
The resolution in full text On October 26th, workers in Belarus will stop working to stand up for democracy in their country. They fight for human rights that are central to a democracy. For ten weeks now, people in Belarus have been protesting against the election fraud and the brutal suppression of peaceful demonstrations by the Lukashenko regime. The German trade unions show solidarity with their Belarusian colleagues who are taking part in the strikes and protests despite massive repression by the security forces. We support their demands for free and democratic elections, the immediate release of all political prisoners, the criminal prosecution of violent state criminals. Obviously, only open resistance to the existing conditions is the only remedy for the people in Belarus. Strike is the legitimate peaceful means against a government that only stays in power through electoral fraud and police terror. For years, there has been a systematic violation of international workers’ rights in Belarus. Independent trade unions are subject to constant state intimidation and repression, and there can be no political and economic cooperation between states with a regime that beats its own citizens and refuses to engage in dialogue. We also expect German companies to put their business dealings with the Belarusian government and Belarusian state-owned companies on hold as long as the government responds to the demands of its citizens with violence. The democratic and free trade unions in Belarus are part of the broad popular movement that is opposed to violence and At the same time, the people of Belarus must be able to trust that the Federal Government and also the European Union are striving for an economically strong neighborhood with a democratic Belarus in order to enable a democratic and socially just modernization of the Belarusian economy international trade union movement, we support the struggle and the demands of our Belarusian colleagues for democratic elections, freedom of assembly and association and the rule of law.
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