The uprising that we, Belarusians, know as the uprising of Kastuś Kalinoŭski began on January 22, 1863, new style, under Płock. The so-called «new style» had been adopted in Lithuania and in Rzeczpospolita as long before as in the 16th century. Till now, in Russia, they stubbornly consider that the uprising began on January, 10.
Actually, it was because of Russia that everything started: the uprising had been maturing for a long time, but its start was set for the night of January, 22, because people did not want to go to the army and fight for Russia. About 12 thousand people were expected to be recruited to the army on January, 25.
Essentially, the uprising of Kastuś Kalinoŭski is an uprising of conscientious objectors: people rebelled as they were reluctant to join the Russian army.
How obvious and understandable that reason is for us now!
It is exactly today that so many Belarusians are reluctant to fight on the side of Russia, therefore, in order to help them, Our House has been conducting the campaign «NO Means NO» for almost a year now.
Therefore, for the Belarusians, if we draw parallels with historic events, our campaign «NO Means NO», our fight for the right of the Belarusian men to refuse joining the army and fighting for Russia is a modern version of the uprising of Kastuś Kalinoŭski.