Unfortunately, today in Belarus everyone who plays music, performs on the stage in the theater, writes poems or draws pictures, can be imprisoned. The arrest of the philosopher Uladzimir Matskevich, the liquidation of the Belarusian PEN Center, the case of the Irdorath band are just the latest examples of repressions against people of culture in the country. Only during recent weeks, all non-profit organizations in Belarus have been destroyed, artists, writers, musicians are being arrested each day, and many of them are leaving the country. The regime is systematically working to destroy Belarusian culture and, together with it, the nation.
Our solidarity can help survive these dark times. Only together, expressing our common support, wecan confront the powerful regime machine .
Musicians from the Irdorath band and their friends supported the protesters during peaceful marchesin August 2020. It was the activity that they, like terrorists, were detained for, brutally, even with the use of weapons. At the same time, the public knows that both the accusations and the criminal cases are fabricated.