Polish President Andrzej Duda introduced a state of emergency on the border with Belarus. The reason is the situation with migrants and not only, according to the press secretary of the head of state, Blazhei Spikhalsky.
Earlier, the Cabinet of Ministers asked the President for a special regime. After the official promulgation, the document signed by the President will enter into force. It is designed for 30 days, after which the state of emergency can be extended. The country’s parliament has the power to abolish it.
Spikhalsky noted that the reason for the introduction of the special regime is not only the problems with refugees, but also the Belarusian-Russian exercises West-2021, which are scheduled for September 10-16.
The state of emergency is introduced in Poland for the first time since 1990. It will affect 115 border settlements in Podlaskie and 68 in the Lubelskie Voivodeship. Local residents will not feel inconvenience, for them the restrictions are minimal – demonstrations, excursions and other public events will be prohibited.
In the last month alone, according to the latest data, Polish border guards have recorded more than 3,000 attempts to illegally enter the country. For the entire 2020, there were only 120 of them.