PM, head of Union of Poles in Belarus discuss situation in Minsk

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Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki held a telephone conversation with the head of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) Angelika Borys, during which they spoke about the protests in Belarus and the situation of Polish citizens in the country.

Borys said that the PM asked her to what extent these problems have affected the Polish community and whether help is needed.

She noted that, in keeping with the law, the union does not engage in political activities, but "this situation affects all citizens".

The ZPB head told Morawiecki which activists and people associated with the Union of Poles in Belarus were detained or injured and reported the condition of these people. She explained that people in Lida, Wolkowysk and Minsk were detained. In Grodno, officers beat up and hospitalised the Polish journalist Jan Roman, a member of the Union of Poles in Belarus.

Borys said the ZPB will provide legal assistance to Poles who need the support of an attorney and that the union receives support from consular offices in Belarus.

"The situation is difficult because violence and force is being used against civil society. In our opinion, any use of force will make the situation worse. We believe that the authorities should start a dialogue with the public," she added.

As the activist noted, the conversation with the prime minister is a very important signal that the ZPB and Poles in Belarus can count on the support of the Polish government.