“Poles, Lithuanians, Belarusians and Ukrainians were fighting together to throw off Russian shackles and Tsarist oppression as well as for their freedom and the rebirth of an independent state,” President Andrzej Duda said during an official ceremony on the 160th anniversary of the January Uprising on Monday, where he was joined by Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, Belarussian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Ukrainian officials.
Speaking at the Warsaw Citadel, the President said that the January Uprising was the biggest and longest-in-lasting uprising against Russia, Prussia and Austria, in regaining a free, sovereign and independent Republic.
“The uprising lasted more than two years, and more than 200,000 people took part in it, participating in active combat. 20,000 insurgents died, hundreds of thousands later suffered the fate of Siberia, the fate of wandering, were deprived of their property, chances for a decent life, chances to get an education, were persecuted and crushed,” Duda said.
He also thanked those gathered at the ceremony: the President of Lithuania, the leader of the Belarusian opposition, and representatives of the Ukrainian community.
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The President pointed out that the slogans accompanying the uprising - “for our freedom and yours”, “freedom, equality, independence” and “gloria victis” - brought forth the sentiment of prevailing greatness, a sense of duration, survival and societal indestructibility, a belief that the Republic would one day be reborn.