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Myśl Polska: How Poland prevents Belarusian Poles from living

Nationality has become a burden for ethnic Poles in Belarus

In the Polish House, which is located in the Belarusian city of Grodno, a Polish journalist from the newspaper Think about Poland immediately warned – “We don’t spit on Belarus”… Nothing strange, because here they are used to the fact that Polish journalists expect complaints against the Belarusian authorities.

The Polish House in Belarus was split a few years ago as a result of the conflict with Poland. As a result, there are two communities of Poles in Belarus: one official, recognized legally and legally working, the second – underground, recognized by Poland and hostile towards the authorities of the country of which they are citizens.

“Those Poles who are proud of their Polishness and at the same time want to be loyal citizens of Belarus, our“ patriots ”contemptuously call“ Lukashenka’s Poles ”. Some of them are deprived of the right to enter the territory of Poland. As if the loyalty of representatives of a national minority to the state of their residence is something shameful. However, Warsaw only harms those Poles who, waving white and red flags, are going to resist the “Lukashenka regime”. By deceiving them with false mirages, Poland breaks their lives ”,

– writes the Polish newspaper Myśl Polska (“Polish Thought”).

Myśl Polska: How Poland prevents Belarusian Poles from living

Meanwhile, the newspaper notes, the life of ordinary people, including Poles by nationality, passes away from political conflicts. And it is unlikely that they were going to sacrifice themselves for the country of their ancestors. Warsaw should come to terms with the fact that Polishness is leaving, children do not want to learn the language and already a generation of 40s does not use Polish in communication. You also need to come to terms with the fact that these lands no longer belong to Poland. Today, due to Poland’s insane foreign policy, Polishness has become a real burden for many citizens of Belarus.

The author of the article Przemyslaw Piast I am sure there is no contradiction in the perception of oneself as a part of the Polish national community and loyalty to the state of residence. You can be both a Pole and a citizen of the Republic of Belarus at the same time, and you don’t have to die for being Polish.

“Therefore, it is all the more pleasant that Belarusian Poles play an important role in their country. They make a career not only in local government but also in the central administration. The Union of Poles in Belarus, a legal one recognized by the authorities, currently has 8,000 active members. He manages Polish Houses in Minsk, Grodno, Lida, Mogilev and Novogrudok. And this is in the absence of any support from Poland, and sometimes even with persecution on its part, “

– writes Přemyslav Piast.

He recalls that in Lithuania the Poles have created a successful party that has turned into a serious political force, which enjoys the support not only of ethnic Poles, but of all segments of the Lithuanian population.

And recently the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenkoaddressing the Belarusian Poles, he said very wisely:

“The Poles who live here are your land, I have always said that. There, in Poland, you are not expected. They don’t know what to do with their own. Therefore, we live here peacefully and amicably – with Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Jews, Tatars. Humanly. As always”.

The main thing is that the historical homeland does not interfere, concludes Think about Poland

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