“BY_Help” founder and coordinator Laksiej Lavonchyk with a symbolic cheque of the donation.

The solidarity with the people of Belarus is overwhelming: Thanks to numerous donors, Libereco was able to transfer 18,093 Euro to “BY_Help”. The next support payment is already in the planning stages. Due to ongoing and even intensifying repressions in Belarus, Libereco continues to collect donations for “BY_Help”.

Prominent activists of the Belarusian diaspora and civil society have initiated the campaign in the course of the protests against the rigged presidential election in order to support Belarusians who were and are affected by violence and repression. “”BY_Help” processes applications for compensation for of fines, medical expenses and legal support. Libereco and our Belarusian and Ukrainian partner organisations have worked with “BY_Help” initiators in the past.

Apart from that, Libereco has also directly supported a young man from Minsk with €600 after a participant of the “Belarus Barcamp” asked for help. The man, active in civil society, had been sentenced to a heavy fine for merely taking part in protests. If he had not been able to raise the sum within a very short time, he would have been jailed.