The mausoleum of Marshal Józef Piłsudski in Rasos Cemetery has been devastated

© DELFI (Š.Mažeikos nuotr.)

On Saturday (November 24th) around 11:30 the police were informed about the devastation of the Piłsudski mausoleum in Rasos Cemetery. On the tombstone there was also a poster with a notice on it. The police do not reveal what the notice says. 

The vandals have also left a carton box with the following inscriptions: “TNT,” “Attention, bomb here” (“Atsargiai, bomba”), “Call the police” (“Kvieskit mentus”), and “Poles will die” (“Lenkai mirs”). The notice probably reads: “Tomaszewski, if you don’t stop acting, you will rest here.”

The mausoleum, where the mother of Józef Piłsudski is buried together with the heart of her son, has been attacked by vandals many a time. The last attack took place in June 2012.

Mackiewicz: The matter needs to be investigated

The head of the Association of Poles in Lithuania, Michał Mackiewicz, in his utterance for PL DELFI warns against drawing hasty conclusions. “The culprits have to be found. Let the police do their job. The matter needs to be investigated first,” informs Mackiewicz.

The head of the APL stresses that hooligans are numerous, so he does not exclude that such acts of vandalism may reappear in the future. “It might have been a stupid provocation. We have had such occurrences before, and I think that they may reappear in the future,” Mackiewicz points out.

Source: http://pl.delfi.lt/aktualia/litwa/zdewastowano-mauzoleum-marszalka-jozefa-pilsudskiego-na-rossie.d?id=60071009 

Tłumaczenie Natalia Błędowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Natalia Błędowska the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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