Militia arrests more Poles in Belarus

Belarusian militia have continued acting out against the Polish minority in the country, having arrested another group of Poles this morning, including three top activists from the unrecognized Union of Poles in Belarus.

Militia detained a group of Poles travelling to Volozhyn, where courts begin processing the case regarding the seizure of the Polish House in Ivyanets, near Minsk, which occurred one week ago. Several of those detained were released, while several have been transported by police vehicles to police headquarters.

"I was stopped because I look like some criminal who attacked someone this morning in Grodno," says Andrzej Poczobut, journalist and active member of the Union of Poles in Belarus.

Poczobut was released around 7 am and was forced to hitchhike because his car was impounded by police. The journalist says he was travelling to Volozhyn to testify in the case regarding the militia's seizure of the Polish House.

Angelika Borys, head of the Union, has gone into hiding to avoid being taken into militia custody and she has given her mobile phone over to Union spokesperson, Igor Bancer, to avoid being traced.

Borys told Polish Radio that she does not expect an impartial decision regarding the Polish House to come out of today's court process.

The Union of Poles in Belarus is an organization representing over 400,000 ethnic Poles living in Belarus and is not recognized by the government under President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who claims that the Polish union is trying to destabilize his regime.


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