• November 26, 2012
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Monitoring at the Rossa cemetery no earlier than March


After the Saturday’s incident at the Rossa cemetery in Vilnius, when an offensive poster was hung on the grave, in which Józef Piłsudski’s mother and his heart are buried, the issue of monitoring of the cemetery has been raised again. The vice-mayor of Vilnius from  the AWPL, Janusz Kamiński said to PL DELFI that the matter will be dealt with but no earlier than in March 2013.

„I talked to a representative of an institution that carries out renovation works at Rossa. They said they can install cameras. However, the local government has to pay for the people who will monitor the cemetery. I’ve made arrangements for that already”, explained Kaminski.

In his view, though, the cameras will not be installed earlier than March of the next year. “The budget will be approved approximately in February. We have to include the funding for this purpose in it”, said the vice-mayor.

Today there is a meeting of the AWPL fraction at which the issue of the incidents and the installation of the monitoring is going to be touched upon. „It is necessary to think about it. It’s an old story. Maybe one should have handled it by now.”, said to PL DELFI Tadeusz Ławrynowicz –  the chairman of the AWPL fraction in the Council of the local government in Vilnius.

Veterans’ protest

Yesterday the Polish veterans appealed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. „Since the acts of vandalism of a clearly anti-Polish character take place regularly, the time has probably come for the Minister’s resolute action on behalf of the Polish Government. (…) The profanation of the mausoleum of the Mother and Son’s Heart hurts Polish people who are not indifferent to the national memory”, says the special statement made by the National Federation of Piłsudczycy (soldiers who fought under the command of Józef Piłsudski) and  the Agreement and of the Independence and Veteran Organizations in Cracow.

Michał Mackiewicz, the chairman of the Association of Poles in Lithuania, told PL DELFI on Saturday that it cannot be excluded that the acts of vandalism at Rossa may recur in the future. “It may be a stupid provocation. Something like that happened before and I think will be happening again in the future”, stressed Mackiewicz.

Prof. Tomasz Nałęcz, an advisor of the Poland’s president Bronisław Komorowski called to condemn an act of vandalism at Rossa and stressed in conversation with TVN 24 that “I would not see that as a proof of deterioration of the Polish-Lithuanian relationships. On the contrary, this time the act of vandalism is evidence of improving Polish-Lithuanian relations. By behaving in such a provocative way, the vandals want to spoil the improving Polish-Lithuanian relations.”

Hooligans’ attack

On Saturday unknown perpetrators hung a poster with the inscription “Tomaszewski, if you do not stop harming Lithuania, you will rest here.” next to the tomb. The culprits left also a cardboard box with the inscriptions:  “Attention bomb” (“Atsargiai bomb”), “Call the cops” (“Kvieskit mentus”), “Poles  are going to die” (“Lenkai mirs”).

Antoni Mikulski, the Police Commissioner Deputy in the Vilnius district, informed the media on Saturday that “the investigation concerning the hooligan act has been opened”.

Source: http://pl.delfi.lt/aktualia/litwa/monitoring-na-rossie-nie-wczesniej-niz-w-marcu.d?id=60075155http://www.wilnoteka.lt/pl/artykul/warszawiacy-hojnie-wsparli-wilenskie-hospicjum

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


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