The crisis at the border of Poland and Belarus has led the EU to prepare further sanctions against Belarus, which it accuses of attempting to destabilise the bloc by pushing migrants across the border illegally.
Europe has a problem with too many people wanting to enter the union in the hope to have a better life. Following in the footsteps of Turkey, the Belarusian and Polish leaders have thought of using such asylum seekers as a means of getting their demands accepted by the EU.
At European Union’s eastern border, the situation of so many immigrants packed together in harsh weather conditions is only escalating.
A video filmed at the border by the BBC showed migrants sitting down on a road in front of barbed wire and Polish forces in a tense stand-off. Those migrants came from a large makeshift camp at the Kuznica crossing, where thousands have settled in tents just inside Belarus. “Goodbye!” called out a smiling girl, flashing a peace sign as she, and hundreds more, streamed towards the border, hoping to get through. But they are trapped between Polish guards on one side and Belarusian guards on the other. The migrants cannot get into Poland, but are also being prevented from retreating back into Belarus, according to Polish authorities.
Clashes have broken out at the Poland-Belarus border where police forces fired tear gas at the migrants after they resorted to stone-pelting.
As many as 20.000 soldiers are forcibly preventing around 4.000 people from making it through, many on their way to Germany. Belarusian security forces, which are not allowing migrants to turn back, are accused of trying to destroy border fences to help migrants make it through. Because Poland does not want to accept the refugees on its territory, Alexander Lukashenko proposed to the European Union that the refugees should be flown to Germany.
Footage shared by a Polish government spokesperson and the Ministry of Defence showed a further escalation of the crisis at the border, where migrants have assembled in growing numbers on the Belarusian side in the last week.
“Attention, attention, if you don’t follow orders, force will be used against you,”
said a loudspeaker message directed at migrants throwing objects, according to the images that were shown on public broadcaster TVP.
Migrants threw bottles and wooden logs at Polish soldiers, and used sticks to try to break through the fence, the video showed.
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