What's happening in Belarus?

On 8 February 2010, Balarussian police entered and overtook a building owned by the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) in the town of Ivyanets.

In response, the Polish government recalled its ambassador from Minsk the next day.

The eviction, condemned by both the Polish government and Belarusian senior opposition figure Alyaksandr Milinkevich, also prompted a series of protests last week by ethnic Poles in the country, but that was not the end of the controversy.

Mieczyslaw Jaskiewicz, the deputy head of the ZPB, was detained by Belarussian police on February 12, on charges of not having the appropriate driver's licence.

A hefty fine has also been charged against Polonica, a firm led by Andzelika Borys, the ZPB's chairperson.

The crackdown continued on February 15 with a series of arrests, including that of Borys.

Altogether, about 40 members of the ZPB have been arrested in Belarus.


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