We are talking about one paritcular region ... Wilno and surounding grounds. Poles win there ... from city most were expeled but in sourounding grounds Poles are in majority ... this is how Poles win regional elections. Even this source is right 14% - it is enought to have rights like 60 000 of Sorbs in Eastern Germany :)
Being Polish. Could you explain what you mean, please?.
I mean that this people don't claim to be Lithuanian with origin but claim to be Polish from Lithuania. :) They vote on POLES
in Polish party not on Lithuanians with Polish origin in normal political movements.
Puńsk (Lithuanian: Punskas) is a village with 1,050 inhabitants in the Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland. Over 80% of the population of Puńsk is Lithuanian. It lies in the northeastern part of Poland, only 5 km (3 miles) from the border with Lithuania.
Puńsk has belonged to Poland since 1920. Until World War II the majority of its population were Jewish, today only a cemetery remains of them. With Lithuanian Culture House, Lithuanian high school and print house, Puńsk is an important centre of Lithuanian national minority in Poland.
One year later its offshoot - Lithuanian Youth Society was created. These organizations connect all of Lithuanians and represent their interests in and out of country.
They are normal Lithuanians ... not Poles with origin. :)
The same goes to Poles in Wilno and surounding grounds. I am waiting for bilingual schools, signs on roads and come back of Polish language on Wilno University.
If not enthic cleanising of Poles after the war (Punishment for being on allies side) ... there would be hard to find Lithuanians in Wilno.
As to the city (Wilno) without surounding grounds.
Before WWII (Nationality declared by citizens) 1931
Poles - 65,9 % (128 600 people), Jews 28 % (54 600), Russians 3,8 % (7 400), Whiterussians 0,9 % (1700), Lithuenians 0,8 %
(1579), Germans 0,3 % (600), Ukrainians 0,1 % (200), iothers 0,2 % (400)
2001 (nationality declared by citizens)
Lithuenians 57,8 %, Poles 18,7 %
; Russians 14 %, Whiterussians 4 %, Jews 0,5 %, others 5 %.
So Poles are in majorit in sourounding grounds and are strong miniority in the city. It is enought to have the rights like all miniorites in other european countries.