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The Polish authorities, supported by Lithuania, denounced a new influx of migrants who were heading on November 8 from Belarus to their borders. The Polish Prime Minister has called an emergency meeting.

Border tensions continue to escalate between Poland and Belarus. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called an emergency meeting to be held at midday, the government spokesman told reporters on November 8, as local authorities said Belarus was preparing to smuggle irregular migrants across its border with Poland.

The spokesperson for the Polish Internal Security Agency published a video on Twitter in the morning showing, according to his description, “a large group of migrants” who “are heading towards the border of the Republic of Poland”. “The biggest attempt to date to enter Polish territory by force has started,” he added.

The Ministry of National Defense subsequently released another video showing the procession of migrants “in the vicinity of Kuźnica”, a Polish village bordering Belarus.

Lithuania sends army

Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite also reacted on November 8, announcing that border guards and soldiers were redeployed to the Polish-Belarusian border, in support of Warsaw, “because of the massive movements of illegal migrants”. “Other services (police, public security) are also ready for all possible scenarios. We keep in touch with Polish officers, share information and cooperate with them. This is an attack on the whole of the European Union, and we must resist it out of solidarity, ”she added.

EU overwhelms Belarus, Minsk denounces Brussels sanctions

Lithuania, Latvia and Poland recently reported an increase in the number of illegal migrants present at the borders with Belarus, accusing Minsk of creating a migration crisis. This accusation is also made by the EU, according to which Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko maintains migratory pressure in retaliation for the sanctions imposed by Brussels. It is also the point of view of NATO, which judged this November 8 “unacceptable” the way in which Minsk “uses” the migrants, who are said to originate in particular from Iraq or Syria.

However, another story is heard from the Belarusian head of state who assures that because of Western sanctions, the country has “neither the money nor the strength” to restrict the influx of people.

“A heavy burden weighs on the Belarusian authorities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov remarked at a press conference on November 8. “We have no doubt that the Belarusian migration services are taking the necessary measures to keep the situation under legal control,” he added without hiding his “concern” that the crisis spills over into Russian territory.

According to the latest data, more than 30,000 people have attempted to travel illegally from Belarus to Poland since the start of the year. Faced with the situation, Polish President Andrzej Duda established a state of emergency at the border, involving thousands of soldiers and police for his protection. The parliament also validated the project to build a wall of more than 100 kilometers, at a cost of 353 million euros. A razor blade fence was erected in the meantime by Polish soldiers.

Belarusian border guards have repeatedly denounced the expulsion of refugees from Lithuania, Poland and Latvia to their territory.

The Polish border is not just a line on a map

NGOs including Amnesty International have accused the Polish authorities of violating international asylum rights by pushing migrants back to Belarus, instead of complying with their requests for protection. Poland declared that these actions were legal, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recalling on Facebook on November 8 that “the Polish border is not just a line on a map”, and that it “is sacred” because “the blood Polish was paid for her ”.

Ahead of the emergency meeting called on November 8 by the Polish executive, tension had risen even further on November 4, when Belarus summoned the Polish charge d’affaires in Minsk the day after a similar measure of from Warsaw. Poland had summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires to denounce a “provocation” after the incursion, according to Warsaw, of armed individuals in uniform in Polish territory from Belarus.

The reaction of the latter through an identical measure was intended to express its “strong protest”: “Belarus has never caused a border incident and therefore categorically rejects” these allegations, the ministry said in a statement. considering that “the deterioration of the situation at the border” was “unacceptable”.


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