- June 21, 2012
Anušauskas versus AWPL
On Monday, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (AWPL) issued a statement expressing dissatisfaction with Gediminas Grina, General Director of the State Security Department, and Arvydas Anušauskas, chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Defence Committee, who groundlessly accuse the national minorities inLithuaniaof disloyalty towards the country and thus cause ethnic tensions.
“Recent provocative statements by Gediminas Grina, General Director of the State Security Department (VSD), and Arvydas Anušauskas, chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Defence Committee, which accuse the national minorities in Lithuania of disloyalty and groundlessly portray them as the ‘fifth column’, without providing any evidence, arouse social unrest and cause attempts to confront people,” says AWPL’s statement (http://www.awpl.lt/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=344%3Aowiadczenie-biura-prasowego-awpl&catid=42%3Aaktualia&Itemid=59&lang=pl).
Anušauskas refutes the charges. “Neither the General Director of VSD, nor I, as the chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Defence Committee, have ever accused the national minorities of alleged disloyalty towardsLithuaniaor anything of the sort. In its report, VSD has only noted that the activity of special services of third-party countries (not NATO) is contrary toLithuania’s national interests and the interests of Lithuanian citizens of all nationalities,” claims the deputy.
Both Anušauskas and AWPL appealed to their opponents not to spread false information, as it stirs up ethnic hatred.
Tłumaczenie Aleksandra Musiał w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Aleksandra Musiał within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.