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12 May 2024, 16:24

Tomasz Szmydt on Warsaw’s policy: ‘People are left with debts’

MINSK, 11 May (BelTA) – The policy pursued by the Polish authorities is creating economic problems in the country, the Polish dissident, judge Tomasz Szmydt said in a new episode of the V Teme [On Point] project on BelTA’s YouTube channel. 

"More and more Poles are beginning to understand that the policy pursued by the authorities is provoking economic problems. Isolation from Belarus and Russia creates problems not only for Poland, but also for other Western countries, for example, Germany. But the United States makes money on this," Tomasz Szmydt said.

 Speaking about the standard of living in Poland, the judge noted that by Polish standards, he had a good salary, as he held a high position. "Things are more difficult for people who have small business. Some of my acquaintances were forced to close them. People are often left with debts," he added. Sometimes financial difficulties lead Poles to real tragedies, Tomasz Szmydt noted. "An acquaintance told me that in their apartment house a man committed suicide by jumping out of the window. He had very large debts, and he did not find any other way out. A friend of mine worked in a small café in Warsaw, but the company fell apart, she lost her job, and the owners of this company were left with large debts," the Pole shared the stories of his acquaintances. 

At the same time large Western companies that operate in Poland do not experience such difficulties, he stated. "Sometimes it looks like the laws are written specifically for them. Things are growing more and more difficult for small or medium-sized firms," the Pole added.

Other EU countries are experiencing similar difficulties. First of all, this is Germany, the locomotive of Europe, Tomasz Szmydt noted

Tomasz Szmydt is a judge of the 2nd Department of the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw. Previously, he held various positions in the judicial system and justice bodies of Poland. He was the head of the legal department at the National Council of Judges of Poland.

Due to his disagreement with the policies and actions by the authorities, he was forced to leave Poland and is currently in Belarus. He was persecuted and threatened for his independent political position.
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