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Polish Papers on Belarusian Poles

The Belarusian dictator has no accusations to bring against Poland and Belarusian Poles. He is engaged in war against the entire Belarusian nation.

Today the two leading Polish newspapers, Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita, covered the decision of the court in Valozhyn to hand over the Polish House in Ivyanets to the pro-regime Union of Poles, as well as detentions of Andzelika Borys and her supporters, who had been trying to get into the court in Valozhyn.

Gazeta Wyborcza notes that on the day of trial the newspaper of Lukashenka’s administration Sovetskaya Belorussia published an article with attacks against activists of the independent Union of Poles.

“If they are writing such things, it means that they admit I am a personality dangerous to their regime. Actually, I should be proud of that. But they cannot throw me away. I am a citizen of Belarus, and I haven’t even applied for Karta Polaka (Pole's Card). I have a full right to live in this country,” Andzelika Borys said commenting on the article.

The author of the item in Gazeta Wyborcza, Waclaw Radziwinowicz in his comment to the conflict around the Union of Poles, writes:

“Lukashenka’s behaviour might be understandable if he were trying to revive ethnic self-awareness, the language, if he developed the Belarusian culture. In such a case he could fear that the Polish identity is a threat. But it was he who had removed the Belarusian language from schools, he is guiding the nation right back to the Communist past under the flag of Stalin. (…) The picture reminds the early years of the Bolsheviks’ rule. Let us recall the history of that time. Bolsheviks started with confiscation and forcible expulsion of dissenters from the country. And let us recall that it got worse and worse as it went on.”

Yesterday’s issue of Rzeczpospolita published an article by Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy, a director of Belsat, in which she analyzes the policy of Poland towards Belarus. Speaking about what measures Poland should use in response to the latest events related to the Union of Poles, Romaszewska-Guzy writes

“It seems to me that a ban for crossing the border of Poland for persons that are enmeshed in repression, and not only repressions against the Polish minority but in human rights violations, is a good direction of action. It is possible that Poland should offer imposing a ban for entering the entire Schengen zone for such persons”

This article appeared in
Belarusian Review, Vol. 22, No. 1
Copyright 2010 Belarusian Review
All rights reserved.
Source: Excerpts from Charter97 Press Center, 18 February, 2010.

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