We are concerned about the memory march in Hajnówka: Belarus MFA

"The decision of the local authorities raises concern. This year they decided not to protest against the march of remembrance in Hajnówka organised by the radical right, allegedly due to the lack of hope for a positive result of such actions in Polish realities" - said Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anatol Hłaz.

According to Hłaz, banners showing Zygmunt Szendzielarz "Łupaszka" appeared on some buildings in Bialystok. "He is known for criminal operations in 1944-1945 directed against villages inhabited by ethnic Belarusian and Lithuanian people. What will happen next? Justification of the genocide?" - the Foreign Ministry spokesman asked.

In 1946, troops of Capt. Romuald Rajs "Bury" pacified several villages in the area of ​​Bielsk Podlaski, inhabited by the Orthodox Belarusian population. 79 people were killed, including children.

The investigative department of the Institute of National Remembrance adopted the legal classification of the crime of genocide. In 2005, the Institute discontinued this investigation, because after the war the proceedings against some of the perpetrators were legally ended.

Mr Hłaz said the memory of the dead cannot be disrespected and that includes Soviet Army soldiers and their memorials.

"We will never be indifferent to attempts to slander our compatriots' memory, nor to praising war criminals or justifying the killings of civilians, burning villages and bloody rallies," the spokesman emphasized.