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Union of Poles in Belarus’ leader sentenced to 15 days in custody

“Aware that the repressions against the Polish minority may continue… we declare that we will not be intimidated and that we will continue our cultural and educational activities,” the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) representatives wrote in a statement published on Wednesday. The organisation’s leader, Andżelika Borys, was detained and sentenced to 15 days in custody.

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“We strongly condemn the unjustified repression of the Belarusian authorities against the Polish minority in the country of which we are citizens,” members of the Main Board of the ZPB wrote in a statement published on Wednesday on social media by journalist Andrzej Poczobut.

“We are firmly outraged by the arrest and detention of the ZPB’s leader, Andżelika Borys, who has been accused of organising the traditional cultural event organised every year… Saint Casimir’s Fair,” the organisation’s activists stressed.

ZPB pointed out that the persecution of Ms Borys for cultivating Polish traditions and culture among the Polish minority is an act of “intimidating the Polish minority in Belarus”.

The organisation’s activists appealed to Belarusians, regardless of their nationality, for solidarity with the Polish minority in the country and its leader.

The ZPB is the largest organisation of the Polish minority in Belarus. In 2005, the country’s authorities revoked its registration.


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