Polish lower house condemns violence used by Belarusian authorities

The Sejm (lower house) unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday in which it condemned the use of brutal violence and mass repression by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko and asked the government to rapidly accept refugees from Belarus.

The Sejm also called on the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Commission to take decisive action.

"Bearing in mind the joint struggle of Poles and Belarusians for freedom and democracy, especially on the hundredth anniversary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, while remaining faithful to the tradition of Solidarity (trade union - PAP) on the 40th anniversary of its establishment, the Polish Sejm strongly condemns the use of brutal violence and mass repression by the authorities of Alexander Lukashenko against Belarusian society and the rigging of the results of the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020," the resolution reads.

According to the document, brutal violence against Belarusian citizens caused the deaths of two people, several hundred injuries, over 7,000 arrests and detentions, while a huge number of participants in peaceful protests were beaten by OMON (Special Purpose Mobile Unit) officers, militia and special units.

The lower house demanded the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all those arrested, stop repressions and the use of violence against society.

The Sejm also asked the government to launch humanitarian aid for the victims of persecution in Belarus and to "create the possibility of quickly accepting political refugees from Belarus".

The clashes in Minsk erupted following the announcement of presidential exit polls according to which Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected president having allegedly acquired 80 percent of the vote in the elections of August 9. His main contender Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya ostensibly garnered 9.9 percent.