Polish president Andrzej Duda turned to Belarusians in their language to show them support and solidarity, said the Belarusian oppositionist Franak Vyachorka about Andrzej Duda’s message published on Tuesday. The former US ambassador to Poland, Daniel Fried, also drew attention to the president’s speech.
“It is very strong. The President of Poland turned to Belarusians in Belarusian to show support and solidarity with all those who fight for freedom and democracy,” wrote Vyachorka on Twitter, who is an advisor to the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Ciechanowska
“We are grateful to Poland for Belsat TV, scholarship programs, acceptance of Belarusian media and non-governmental organizations” – added Vyachorka, who added Duda’s message published on Belsat TV.
“Those who are worried about nationalism in Europe should pay attention to the opposite trend: the Polish president speaks in Belarusian to express his democratic solidarity with Belarusians” – commented Fried on Twitter.
Duda addresses Belarusians on the anniversary of signing the August Agreements
Polish the president turned to the Belarusians on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of signing the August Agreements. – These days our thoughts are not only with those who then fought a long struggle with the regime, but also with those who fight for their freedom and elementary human rights all over the world – said President Duda. Today, this fight “is a part of our neighbors, the Belarusians,” he stressed.
President Duda assured of Polish support for those who had to leave Belarus due to the political situation, as well as for political prisoners in that country. “Poland will be your home for as long as you need it,” he stressed.
Main photo source: PAP / Wojciech Olkuśnik