Updated at 16:11,02-12-2016

Arrests of Leaders of Union of Poles in Belarus Go on in Hrodna

Andzelika Borys, the chairperson of the Union of Poles in Belarus, a deputy chairman of the organisation Myachyslau Yaskevich and activists of the organisation Andrzej Poczobut and Ihar Bantser are detained.

Today activists of the UPB have planned to go from Hrodna to Valozhyn (Minsk region), where a trial over the leader of Ivyanets of the UPB Tereza Sobal (Teresa Sobol) is to take place.

Myachyslau Yaskevich and Ihar Bantser were detained in Hrodna, when they were getting into the car. Policemen handed in summons to the court to them for a rally held last week in Hrodna as a sign of solidarity with persecuted activists o the Union of Poles in Belarus not recognized by the authorities, and were taken to the police department under police convoy. The charter97.org website was told about that by an activist of the organisation, a journalist Andrzej Poczobut.

Andrzej Poczobut, who had a summons to the court for 3 p.m. on February 15, was given a lift to Ivye, however policemen detained him there. Law-enforcers stated that the activist reminded a criminal searched for an armed assault in Hrodna, and took him back to the city.

Meanwhile, a trial over Tereza Sobal is to take place in Valozhyn today. The chair of Ivyanets branch of the dissenting Union of Poles is charged with alleged unauthorized seizure of the building of the Polish House. The suit against Tereza Sobal was filed by the leader of the local branch of the pro-regime Union of Poles Stanislau Buracheuski.

We remind that on February 8 the Polish House was seized by policemen. All the activists of the UPB headed by Tereza Sobal were evicted with the use of force, and Stanislau Buracheuski was invited inside under convoy of armed guards.

The Union of Poles was split in 2005. One part remains loyal to the authorities and is officially recognized by them. The activists of the UPB not recognized by the regime, headed by Andzelika Borys, are persecuted by the authorities.