Polish ministers visit London after attacks on Poles
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland’s Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski travelled to London on Monday to discuss rising violence against Poles in the UK with their counterparts.
Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
"We reminded the authorities in the United Kingdom that Poles are a group that integrates well with British society, works hard, pays taxes and deserves protection and care," said Waszczykowski at a joint press conference with Błaszczak in London on Monday.
Waszczykowski said that Poles have been living in the UK since WWII and their community grew after Poland joined the EU in 2004.
"Over the decades, the significant Polish population in the UK had experienced no problems, no harm. A few months ago, on the sidelines of the campaign leading up to the Brexit decision and after the referendum, incidents against Poles have begun to occur," said Waszczykowski.
He added that the Polish side appreciates that many British politicians, including Prime Minister Theresa May, have condemned attacks on Poles.
Błaszczak and Waszczykowski went to London in connection with Sunday’s assault on two Polish citizens in the southeastern English city of Harlow, a week after Pole Arkadiusz Jóźwik was severely beaten and killed in a suspected hate crime in the same city. (mol/pk)