The situation in Belarus was discussed at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Polish Seim (Parliament).
Apart from the members of the Committee, the discussion was attended by Bartosz Cihotsky, a deputy foreign minister of Poland, Witold Vaschikovsky, a former foreign minister, and other high-ranking officials and MPs.
Belarus was represented by Vladimir Neklyaev, one of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress; Andrei Sannikov, the leader of the civil campaign "European Belarus"; Vital Rymasheuski, a co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party; Natalia Radina, the editor-in-chief of the Charter97.org; Alexei Dikovitsky, a deputy director of the Belsat TV Channel; Ales Straltsou, a deputy chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front Party; Irina Veshtord, one of the leaders of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada); Anatoly Lebedsko, the chairman of the United Civil Party; and others.
Andrei Sannikov has stated that today the democratic world must resolutely protest against the deterioration of democracy in Belarus. According to his version, the lack of an adequate global reaction led to the fact that after the blocking of the largest Belarusian independent website Charter97.org, censorship amendments were adopted to the Law on Mass Media; after the prosecution of REP's leaders Gennady Fedynich and Igor Komlik, mass repressions of unionists began; and after the ordinance "on parasites", extrajudicial Stalinist "troikas" appeared. According to the leader of the "European Belarus", today the dialogue should take place not between the EU and the dictator, but between Belarusian democratic forces and Belarusian authorities, with or without Lukashenko. The situation today is favourable for this, Mr Sannikov assured, since the dictator's money has ran out.