Police making forcible entry to Union of Poles’ tenement (video)

The accomodation the policemen broke in was rented by Andrzej Poczobut, who was arrested last week.

Having produced a search-warran law enforcement repesentatives broke the door down and searched one of the Union of Poles’ offices that is located in Budzionny Str. in Hrodna.

“The warrant stated that according to the available information there was print production containing anti-state calls,” journalist Ihar Bantsar told Belsat TV. But Głos znad Niemna, the Union’s Polish-language periodical, was the only print newspaper found in the office, he said. it hardly needs saying that Głos znad Niemna did not have any calls to riotous actions.

The policemen also seized the Union’s computers.

The Union of Poles in Belarus represents the Polish minority in Belarus, numbering about 400,000, as per official data (and much higher according to unofficial estimates).

Lately, the group has received international attention due to the Belarusian Government cracking down on the group and their activities. Aliaksandr Lukashenka, has accused Poland and the European Unionn of trying to use the group to create an uprising similar to what took place in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.

Since 2005, there are two groups using the above name. The first, led by Andżelika Arechvo, is prohibited by the Belarusian government. The second group, which is regime-sanctioned, is headed by Mieczysław Łysy.



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