Belarusian opposition figure Veronika Tsepkalo arrives in Poland
Veronika Tsepkalo, who took part in the Belarusian presidential election campaign of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and her husband Valery Tsepkalo, who was not allowed to participate in the election, have arrived in Poland along with their children, reports Polsat News.
Their arrival in Poland is the result of cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, the Border Guard and Civic Coalition (KO) MP Michal Szczerba.
According to private television station Polsat News, Valery and Veronika Tsepkalo and their children arrived at Warsaw airport, where they were met on Tuesday evening by Szczerba, who had previously been in Belarus during the election. Polsat News reported that the couple had flown to Warsaw from Kiev. The decision to come to Poland, a member of the EU, was made by the Tsepkalo family, Szczerba told PAP.
Sczerba, on Twitter, thanked LOT Polish Airlines and the deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski for their cooperation in the matter. Jablonski expressed his gratitude to both Sczczerba and deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Bartosz Grodecki.
"As announced by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, we are ready to accept to Poland those who are exposed to repression," Jablonski wrote on Twitter. "It's good that, in foreign affairs, we are able to act above political divisions," he added.
Szczerba also stated that Veronika Tsepkalo would meet with Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki on Thursday, although the chamber's office, in an interview with PAP has not confirmed this information.
Post-election protests have been ongoing in Belarus for over a week. According to official data, Alexander Lukashenko who was seeking re-election in the presidential election held on August 9, gained 80.1 percent of the votes, and his main rival Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya 10.1 percent. Many Belarusians believe that the results were falsified.
In protests across the country, at least two people were killed and 200 injured. Nearly 7,000 people were detained and many were brutally beaten. Several dozen persons are missing.