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The speaker of the Sejm, Marek Jurek, welcomes the united opposition's candidate in the Belarusian presidential elections, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, in January in Warsaw (file photo) (epa)
March 10, 2006 -- Polish lawmakers today accused the authorities in Belarus of violence and of harassing opposition candidates ahead of the March 19 presidential election.
Poland's parliament, the Sejm, adopted a resolution in which it condemns the Belarusian authorities' "brutal breaking of the [country's] laws" and expresses "deep alarm" at cases of "violence, imprisonment, harassment, and intimidation" of opposition candidates and activists.
It says it will continue to support those who "undertake the fight for a free and democratic Belarus."
Poland has long pushed for democratic change in neighboring Belarus, which has been ruled by authoritarian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka since 1994. Lukashenka is running for a third term.