2021.05.25 12:20

Vilnius municipality hoists Belarus flag used by opposition

BNS2021.05.25 12:20

On Tuesday, Vilnius Municipality hoisted the historical Belarusian white-red-white flag in front of its building to show support for the country’s opposition.

"This is the attitude of the city and its mayor toward the events in Belarus, when the flight was grounded and, in principle, an act of terror was committed," Karolis Vaitkevičius, spokesman for Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, told BNS.

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This is also a gesture of solidarity with Riga, which has replaced Belarus' official flag with the one used by the opposition, he said.

The flag was raised in place of Vilnius' municipal flag in the Lithuanian capital’s Europos Square.

On Monday, Belarus' official flag in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia, where the Belarusian national team are staying during the ice hockey championship hosted by Riga, was replaced with the flag associated with the country’s opposition.

The move prompted Minsk to expel the staff of Latvia's embassy, including the ambassador, and Latvia responded with reciprocal expulsions of Belarusian diplomats.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has offered help to Latvia, if needed, following the expulsion of its diplomats from Minsk.

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