Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Andżelika Borys, head of the Union of Poles in Belarus, was detained by police. Repressions against Polish activists

 Andżelika Borys, head of the Union of Poles in Belarus, was detained on Tuesday afternoon in Grodno by police.

As reported by the portal "It is not known what the head of the largest Polish organization in Belarus was arrested for."

Mrs. Borys got sentenced to 15 days in prison. A court hearing, chaired by judge Ruslan Gurin, was held right at the police station. The only witnesses were policemen, said Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist and activist of the Polish minority in Belarus.

In a special statement, the Polish Prime Minister referred to the detention of Andżelika Borys in Belarus. - We do not agree to such treatment of Poles, to taking them hostage. This action is not in line with international standards.

This is not in line with any international standards, so I will be talking about it tomorrow at the European Council - said the PM.

 UPDATE: This morning we learned that A. Poczobut was also arrested. 

Michał Dworczyk @michaldworczyk -

This morning @poczobut A. Poczobut was arrested in Grodno  A righteous and principled man who has fought for Poles' rights in Belarus for many years, repeatedly repressed by the Lukashenka regime. Member of the board of the Union of Poles in Belarus. Andrzej, take care! We will not leave you!

Authirities also searched the house of Maria Tiszkowska, the headmistress of the Polish school in Wołkowysk, wrote Zofia Romaszewska, director of TV Biełsat on Twitter.