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Commemoration of four disappeared Belarusians

Join us also for the 12th commemoration of four disappeared Belarusians.

On 16 September 1999, Anatoly Krasovsky and Viktor Gonchar were kidnapped in the street. Nothing has been heard of them since then. Their disappearance, and that of Yuri Zakharenko and Dmitry Zavadsky, is commemorated annually on 16 September in numerous cities and countries.

In 2008, four oaks were planted in Eindhoven and a memorial stone placed to commemorate these disappearances. At the time, Eindhoven still had a city link with Minsk, the capital of Belarus. For the relatives, this has become a unique place to commemorate the disappeared men. Also because Belarus still lacks freedom.

In February 2016, the European Union lifted sanctions against 170 people from Belarus. Except for those held responsible for the disappearances, including President Lukashenko. 

This year's commemoration will take place on Monday 16 September 2019, 15:30 - 16:30, Paradijslaan, Eindhoven (corner Frederik van Eedenplein). Valeriya Krasovskaya (We Remember), Mary-Ann Schreurs (councillor Eindhoven municipality), Christie Miedema (Amnesty International) and Arjen van Halem (FNV) will speak. Jessica Bartels (Eindhoven city poet) recites a poem she wrote especially for this opportunity wrote, Leo Mesman The poem "four men" which is also on the memorial stone state. Traditionally, it will be framed by a musical contribution.

The first 10 years of commemoration have produced many telling photographs and poems.
These have been compiled into a
book which was presented after the commemoration
will be. The book launch will take place at the same venue.

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