The EC has appealed for Belarusian authorities to cease actions directed against members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and has declared its support for Poland, an EC spokesperson told PAP on Thursday.
Poland's Foreign Ministry has confirmed to PAP that a member of the Union of Poles in Belarus and his wife have been detained by the Belarus authorities and transported to the capital, Minsk.
A Polish-Belarusian minority journalist said on Wednesday morning that Belarus police had entered his apartment in Grodno.
Poland has denied an allegation made on Tuesday by the Belarusian Defence Ministry regarding an incursion into Belarusian airspace from the Polish side.
A journalist and activist of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) was summoned to the prosecutor's office in Grodno on Tuesday and warned that he should not refer to any "persecution of the Polish minority" in his commentaries.
The European Commission has told PAP it will call on the Belarusian authorities to drop charges against members of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and to immediately and unconditionally release them.
The head of the Prime Minister's Office has accused Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president, of taking revenge on his own people following a series of operations targeting Belarus's Polish minority
The president of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, and the head of the local branch office in the western city of Lida, Irena Biernacka, were charged in Minsk on Friday with "incitement to hatred," the Znadniemna.pl portal has announced.
Andrzej Poczobut, a board member of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB) and a journalist, detained under the criminal charge of "incitement to hatred," will remain in custody.
The regime in Minsk is waging an attack against the Polish minority in Belarus due to their commitment to Western democratic values, Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter to US President Joe Biden.