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Tygodnik Powszechny - Poland | 19/03/2008

Belarus celebrates its Freedom Day

On March 25, Belarus celebrates its Freedom Day, which marks the 90th anniversary of the creation of the Belarusian People's Republic. Małgorzata Nocuń writes: "Why did such an insignificant state become part of the national myth? It barely existed for a year; its demise began when the Red Army marched into Minsk. ... But it was in 1918 that a state entity called 'Belarus' emerged for the first time in history. This set a precedent. It paved the way for the proclamation of the Belorussian Socialist Soviet Republic - as part of the USSR. For 17 years now Belarus has been an independent state. On March 25 the people will take to the streets and stage their traditional protests against the despot, Lukashenko."

Tygodnik Powszechny - Poland | 31/01/2008

Polish customs agents on strike

Customs agents on Poland's eastern border with Ukraine and Belarus have been on strike for several days, demanding a raise of 1500 złoty (420 euros). But the government only wants to raise their salaries by 500 złoty (140 euros). Małgorzata Nocuń thinks the strike is inappropriate: "It's an open secret: Polish customs agents are, to put it mildly, not very friendly to those arriving from the east; smuggling of vodka and cigarettes from Belarus is blooming, there are long lines of cars waiting at the border. Today, Poland's eastern border is also the border to the EU. And we should be doubly ashamed of what's happening there."

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