Okopy, Podlaskie Voivodeship

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Okopy
Coordinates: 53°35′16″N23°09′07″E / 53.58778°N 23.15194°E / 53.58778; 23.15194
Country Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Voivodeship Podlaskie
County Sokółka
Gmina Suchowola
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)

Okopy [ɔˈkɔpɨ] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Suchowola, within Sokółka County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland. [1]

History

Okopy was a royal village of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, founded in the 16th century.

Jerzy Popiełuszko, a Polish Roman Catholic priest, associated with the Solidarity union, was born in Okopy on September 14, 1947. He was murdered by three agents of the Polish communist internal intelligence agency, the Służba Bezpieczeństwa, (English: Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on June 6, 2010. [2]

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References

  1. "Central Statistical Office (GUS) TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  2. Polish priest Father Popieluszko 'martyr' beatified, BBC News (June 6, 2010)