On May 21, Witold Ashurok, a man who lived by conscience, fought for freedom and was faithful to his convictions to the end, died.
For the first time Witold was sentenced for 12 days in jail back in 2010 for protesting on the Square. Later he became an activist of the Belarusian People's Front party and more than once has run for a local deputy and for the Parliament. He defended human rights, fought against harmful industries and cared about the memory of the Kalinouski rebels. He was the coordinator of the movement For Freedom in the Hrodna region.
In 2021 he was sentenced to 5 years of minimum security. He did not make it to the end — his heart stopped. Vitold was only 50 years old.
I didn't kill anyone, I didn't cheat anyone, I didn't steal anything. I did what my conscience demanded, he said.
The man who fought for the happiness of Belarusians has passed away. But his family still needs support. We are opening a collection for his relatives and friends who need money for a fitting farewell.