I have been dealing with Belarusian issues for years and observing the situation in Belarus. Yesterday I saw Mińsk in Otwock, there were scenes straight from Belarus. This is how the opposition is treated in Belarus – said MEP Robert Biedroń, one of the leaders of the Left, in “Fakty po Faktach”, commenting on Tuesday’s police intervention against MP Kinga Gajewska.
MP of the Civic Coalition Kinga Gajewska was forcibly taken to the police car by the police and dragged into it. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Otwock, where the Prime Minister’s meeting was taking place Mateusz Morawiecki. The event was recorded by the TVN24 camera.
Witnesses to the event told the officers that she was a member of parliament and that she herself was she later said in “Kropka nad i” – she wanted to identify herself, but they held her hands. The police, however, made statements issued later she wrote, among other things, that “police officers do not know all people with immunity” and “they obtain the necessary knowledge only after presenting their ID cards.” Also published recordings from the camera on the uniform of one of the policemen.
Biedroń: the police too often behave like the Belarusian OMON
The matter was commented on in “Fakty po Faktach” by one of the leaders of the Left MEP Robert Biedroń. – I think that the scenes we watch can touch every heart. I think that, deep down, also the heart of Minister (Mariusz – ed.) Kamiński. I think that everyone who watches this imagines their mother, their sister, their friend, their closest person in this situation – he said.
– A bit of empathy is enough to understand this situation. Personally, Mr. Editor, because I have been dealing with Belarusian issues for years and have been observing the situation in Belarus. Yesterday I saw Mińsk in Otwock, there were scenes straight from Belarus. This is how the opposition is treated in Belarus, he continued.
– Unfortunately, we have had examples of this for many years: the police, which is now under the control of politicians, too often behaves like the Belarusian OMON (special forces intended, among others, to suppress demonstrations – ed.). Not all policemen are like that, and it must be said, but the political use of the police for partisan purposes means that the uniform of a Polish policeman is starting to differ less and less from the uniform of a Belarusian policeman, Biedroń added.
Biedroń: it can happen to anyone and any of us
– Imagine the feeling of insecurity that the average woman in Poland has. Just imagine if it wasn’t an MP. We would probably never see these recordings. We would never talk about it. But it can happen, and you report such cases quite often. This can happen to anyone and every one of us, said one of the Left leaders.
– We need to think about how to ensure that such scenes never happen again. And of course, as long as he rules PIS(Jarosław – ed.) Szymczyk, i.e. the Chief Commander of the Police, will be playing with a grenade launcher, and the police will be breaking women’s hands, just like it happened during the women’s strikes – he continued.
– Our duty as politicians is to bring about civilian supervision of the police, i.e. the establishment of what we proposed today – the Central Police Monitoring Office. This is an institution that exists in many other countries, where there will be civil supervision over this type of abuse of powers by the police – he added.
Main photo source: TVN24