February 24: Rally Marking the 2nd Anniversary of the War in Ukraine
The civic organisations Memory of the Nation, People in Need, Million Moments for Democracy, and the European Congress of Ukrainians call on the Czech and European public to persevere in supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian war aggression.
On the war’s second anniversary, they have prepared a rally on Saturday, 24 February 2024, from 4 to 5 pm at Old Town Square, at which, among others, Czech President Petr Pavel will speak. The rally is part of the Day for Ukraine.
“We want to say to Ukraine: you are not alone. We are with you! This is our fight for our future. I think it is more important than ever to stand behind these words and remind the Czech and European public of our values,” says Šimon Pánek of People in Need.
Mariana Novotná Nachtigallová from Million Moments for Democracy says, “It has been two years since Ukrainian men and women have fought for their freedom and ours. The dust must not settle on our support over time, which is why your participation is still so important.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also promised a video message supporting the demonstration.
“We cannot leave Ukraine in the lurch. It is our war, too. We all know that if Russia wins, we will all lose. There have been many decisive moments in history, and we are living through one of them. How this war develops is up to us, so I think it is imperative to show that we are behind Ukraine and to send this message to the world. Europe must be strong on this issue, and we as citizens must make our position clear,” says filmmaker Amálie Kovářová, spokesperson and organizer of the joint appeal and NGO gathering.
The Day for Ukraine will start with the March for Ukraine at 15:00 from the monument to the Ukrainian national hero, writer Taras Shevchenko, on Smíchov’s Kinský Square.
The one-hour rally will take place at Old Town Square from 16:00. The day will end with a Concert for All Decent People, organised by the Foundation for Ukraine, at Forum Karlín in Karlin, the proceeds of which will go towards purchasing medical equipment for the Ukrainian army.
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