Thursday, March 16, 2006

100 Tons Of Gold Reserves Versus 100 Million Glowing Candles In Support Of True Democracy In Belarus

MINSK March 16 (Interfax) - "Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has said he is going to rule the country at least until Belarussian gold and foreign currency reserves reach $10 billion.

Addressing National Bank of Belarus Chairman Pyotr Prokopovich while visiting the bank's central depository on Thursday [March 16], Lukashenko said, "You and I will remain in power until we accumulate 100 tonnes of gold reserves. When we are able to pile up our gold and foreign currency reserves to a level of $10 billion, including 100 tonnes of gold reserves, then we will calmly hand over power to others."

[He has set forth the task to build up Belarusian gold stocks to the level of 32 tons by 2011].

"I think the citizens of this country will support us in this," Lukashenko said."

"Lukashenko to stay until Belarus gold reserves reach 100 tonnes" Interfax News Agency March 16, 2006 3:00 PM.

© 1991-2006 Interfax


Dear Colleagues,

The people in Belarus have begun to light candles as a symbol of silent protest against the prevailing dictatorship in their country on the 16th of every month. In the light of the presidential elections next Sunday, we kindly request that you light candles in your apartments, houses, and offices today at precisely 16.00, to express our support for democratization of Belarussian society.

The flickering candles symbolize hope for a new life and a new beginning, for freedom and democracy. It will be a beautiful and powerful gesture of European [and world] solidarity with Belarus.

Thank you,

Peter Šťastný
Zita Pleštinská
Milan Gaľa
Mr Cogito

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With thanks, and in solidarity.


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