September 22, 2023

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Belarusian-Polish border: confrontation continues

Thousands of people remain at the center of the confrontation between Minsk and the EU. Euronews reporter Valerie Goria spoke about the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border, where she traveled twice, and showed it clearly.

By the time of the second visit journalist migrants have already been accommodated in a transport and logistics center in the border Buzgi. A lot of people, including those with children, have accumulated in this room, equipped with shelves with mattresses and filled with the heavy smell of bodies that have not been washed for a long time. Nevertheless, most migrants intend to wait until the EU countries allow them to enter their territory. Vian from Iraqi Kurdistan says:

“I have lost my prospects and I don’t want my children to lose them too. Therefore, we want to move to Europe. She refuses to open doors for us. But my family and I are ready to wait here for another month, two months or three. “

Governor of the Grodno Region Vladimir Karanik notes:

“The solution to this humanitarian crisis does not depend on us, but is more in a political vein. And the decisions should be made by the leadership of the European Union in order to determine by what criteria and who will be given such an opportunity to get where they want. If someone has a desire and an opportunity to return, we provide this opportunity. But the majority here express a desire to go forward. Unfortunately, we cannot provide this opportunity. We hope that the position of the European Union will be worked out in the near future, because people are really tired. “

In the Podlaskie Voivodeship of Poland, on the other side of the border, the situation is extremely tense. Army and police cars ply there, checkpoints have been set up to block access to an exclusive 3 km wide zone along the border – it is exclusively for law enforcement officers and local residents. Even humanitarian workers and journalists are not allowed in there. Polish activists who help migrants talk about arbitrariness on the part of Polish law enforcement officers.

At least 12 people died while trying to cross the border. A traveler from Yemen died of hypothermia in a Polish forest. The stillborn child was buried two days later, and his mother was buried a little later.

Polish activists were divided into left and right. The former help to find migrants lost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the latter held a demonstration in Bialystok in support of the border guards:

“Poland has always been a hospitable country, and we want to host those who come to visit us, but not as a result of an invasion.”

But the participants in the “invasion” do not want to give up their dream of getting into the European Union. On December 15, the Polish authorities started building a wall along the border with Belarus along its entire length.

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