“We try to help Poles in Belarus as much as possible. It is shocking that the dictator from across the eastern border takes revenge on his own citizens because they are of different ethnicity,” said the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk.
Speaking on Polish Radio One, Mr Dworczyk was asked whether the help of the Polish government for compatriots in Belarus was sufficient in the wake of the increased repression from the Belarusian dictatorship.
"We are trying to help our compatriots as much as possible in this difficult situation," said Dworczyk, adding that it is one of the priorities of the government.
"It is shocking that the dictator from across the eastern border takes revenge on his own citizens, persecutes them only because they are of a different ethnicity, in this case, Polish," assessed Mr Dworczyk.
Last Friday in Minsk, the president of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), Andżelika Borys, and the head of the organisation's branch in Lida (Western Belarus), Irena Biernacka, heard charges of "inciting hatred" in a criminal case. A day earlier, charges were brought against other members of the ZPB leadership, Andrzej Poczobut and Maria Tiszkowska. The prosecutor's office interprets the activities of ZPB members as "rehabilitation of Nazism" which is punishable by imprisonment from five to twelve years.