Poland bans entry to Lukashenka's supporters

2005 2005-08-18T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Polish authorities banned entry to 13 members of the Council of the 5th convocation of the Union of Poles in Belarus, who took part on 27 July in Shchuchyn in the preparation for the repeated 6th congress of the organization, staged to please the authorities, reported the Charter-97 press service. It is not impossible that the ban could be extended to include all the people that will attend the repeated congress. This information has been provided to PAHONIA by one of the opposition leaders of UPB, the senior editor of the Hrodna-based Magazyn Polski Andrei Pachobut, who received information from sources in the government of Poland.
"Poland invested a lot of money into the Union. What the Belarusian side does now is an attempt to gain control of the Poles' property. Poland protects its investments in this way", Andrei Pachobut said to PAHONIA.
The former chair of the Union of Poles Tadeusz Kruczkowski who lost his position in March is already under a ban. Among the other members of the organization who attended the meeting of the so-called old Council in Shchuchyn, the entry ban also includes one of Kruczkowski's associate, the UPB lawyer Edvard Kalosha.
The repeated 6th congress of the organization is due on 27 August in Vaukavysk. It seeks to reelect the leadership of the organization, that has a negative attitude to the current antidemocratic regime in Belarus.