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Polish border guards fight to block a huge group of migrants from Belarus


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A massive group of migrants who are in Belarusian territory, several thousand according to the images released by the Belarusian opposition publication Nexta and some Russian media, arrived in the last hours at the Polish border, at the post of Bruzgi-Kuznitsa, with the intention of penetrating the European Union. The Polish forces stationed on the border line managed to stop a first attempt to illegally enter the country and, according to the Polish Ministry of the Interior, the situation is for now under control. The migrants have dispersed and entered the forest.

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has stated that, due to the sanctions imposed by Brussels, his country no longer has the capacity to restrict the flow of migrants. However, the Echo Moscow radio cites information from observers who maintain that it is the Belarusian authorities themselves that are actively promoting the influx of illegal immigrants to be sent through Belarus to the European Union.

«Very worrying information from the border. An important group of migrants has concentrated in Belarus, near the border (…) in an attempt to enter Poland en masse, “he said this morning. Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the minister who coordinates special services, in a tweet with images of several thousand migrants.

In his words, these people “are guarded by Belarusian armed men who are the ones who show them in which direction to move.” Zaryn considers this to be “the largest attempt to enter Poland illegally to date” and assures that these migrants “they are mostly young men». They would have arrived in Belarus by air from Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East.

12,000 military deployed

The Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has declared through Facebook that the border is “sacred” and has promised to further strengthen surveillance at the point where the migrants have arrived. According to the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, there are already 12,000 military deployed.

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The Belarusian opposition leader, Svetlana Tijanóvskayafor his part, he has accused the Minsk authorities of “aggravating the border crisis” with Poland and the Baltic republics. In his view, Lukashenko “is pushing these people in the direction of Poland”, in what he described as a ‘hybrid war’ against Europe. The polish authorities calculate in more than 30,000 attempts illegally crossing the border since the beginning of the year. Lithuania is also sending troops to the border with Belarus

For its part, the Belarusian Border Guard Service reported in a statement that “a large part of refugees with their personal effects are traveling on a road to the border with Poland.” “The indifference and inhumane attitude of the Polish authorities have led these refugees to make this desperate decision,” the note underlines.

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