Poland’s Law and Justice party politician criticises Belarusian opposition leader

Ryszard Terlecki, deputy lower house speaker and one of the main Law and Justice (PiS) politicians, told the Belarusian opposition leader to “seek help in Moscow”. [PA-EFE/JAKUB GAVLAK]

Polish politician Ryszard Terlecki, a prominent member of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, has told Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to “seek help in Moscow”.

Terlecki’s comments came after Tsikhanouskaya participated in the celebrations of the 32nd anniversary of Poland’s first partially free elections on 4 June, 1989 elections, held talks with president Andrzej Duda and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.

Tsikhanouskaya’s participation in the unveiling ceremony of the monument in Warsaw, organised by Rafał Trzaskowski and attended by many active opposition politicians, did not please Ryszard Terlecki, the head of the PiS parliamentary caucus.

Terlecki, on Twitter, criticised the Belarusian opposition leader. “If Tsikhanouskaya wants to promote the anti-democratic opposition in Poland and attend the meeting sponsored by Trzaskowski, let her seek aid in Moscow”, she wrote. The politician appealed to his part of the political scene to “support such Belarusian opposition that does not side with their opponents”.

The post caused outrage of many people and politicians on the opposite side of the political barricades, and Tsikhanouskaya emphasised in an interview with a private television broadcaster TVN24 that Belarusians should not be included in political fights in Poland. Tsikhanouskaya added that the Belarusian opposition now needs every possible support.

Terlecki’s numerous critics included the head of the European People’s Party, Donald Tusk, and the opposition has demanded his resignation. “There should be no place in politics for such people. That is why PO is filing a motion to recall him from the post. Enough of disgracing Poland”, Borys Budka, the Civic Platform (PO) leader, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

In turn, President Andrzej Duda who also on Friday met with Belarusian opposition leaders to discuss the current situation in Belarus, expressed that “Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya knows very well that on the Polish political scene all serious politicians and groups are on the side of free and democratic Belarus”. (Mateusz Kucharczyk | EURACTIV.pl)

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