Polish citizen Teresa Strzelec goes on hunger-strike in Belarus

2013 2013-04-09T20:58:48+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Tereza Strzelec, who was banned from leaving Belarus, has gone on hunger strike in the Polish consulate in Brest.

She protests against illegal actions by the Belarusian authorities and absence of a proper, in her opinion, reaction from Warsaw, Polskie Radio reports.

It was earlier reported in the middle of March that Polish citizen Tereza Strzelec could not leave Belarus.

A year ago Tereza Strzelec went on excursion to Minsk. Her car broke down and she left it at a repair shop. A son of the mechanic used the car without permission of the owner and was detained by police. The car was confiscated and sent to a customs warehouse. The court ruled in January that the car must be returned to the owners.

The problem is that customs officers sold Tereza Strzelec’s car before the court proceedings. The Polish citizen was offered to get money back with the customs duties and taxes cut out of the sum. She refused to pay and the Belarusian party annulled her visa having detained her on the territory of our country.

The Polish MFA applies its best efforts to obtain permission for Tereza Strelec to leave Belarus. The MFA's spokesman, Marcin Bosiacki, says the Polish authorities were informed about the conflict, which had started last year, only on March 6 that makes the process more difficult.

He explains the General Consulate in Brest is trying to resolve the conflict.

Representatives of the Polish authorities also contacted customs agencies and the MFA of Belarus.