Wednesday, December 8

Two large groups of immigrants manage to force the Polish border from Belarus


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«Two large groups of refugees crossed parts of the border fence between Belarus and Poland during tonight», Informs the Polish Police. Local broadcaster Bialystok has reported that several dozen migrants managed to destroy fences near the villages of Krynki and Bialowieza and crossed the border. In both cases the fences and barriers had been forcibly broken down. When the border guard caught up with these groups, skirmishes broke out and some of the illegal immigrants were detained and returned to Belarus, but others remain at large and in Polish forests the police are tracking their search.

The detainees were carrying sleeping bags and food that they said had been given to them. provided by Belarusian organizations, in order that they hold out until they find the opportunity to cross.

Poland, a member of the EU, has posted thousands of soldiers on the border to ensure that this does not happen, but they have an order not to shoot and when a large group throws themselves against the fences they cannot prevent someone from passing.

Germany considers this situation to be a mockery and an attack on the EU’s border sovereignty. The acting chancellor Angela Merkel spoke earlier today by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation on the border between Belarus and Poland. Merkel “highlighted in that conversation that the instrumentalization of immigrants against the European Union by the Belarusian regime is inhumane and completely unacceptable,” according to the statement issued by the Berlin Chancellery, and has asked the Russian president to influence the regime from Minsk.

“Putin will not listen to Merkel because he cannot afford a defeat now,” says Israeli historian and military technician Martin van Creveld, specializing in Russian geopolitics, “a lot is at stake in this battle and he cannot lose it because it would be a disaster for him, as was Spain for Napoleon ».

The German Foreign Minister, the Social Democrat Heiko Maas, this morning threatened the Belarusian head of government, Alexander Lukashenko, with new sanctions from the European Union. “We will sanction all those who participate in the selective trafficking of immigrants,” he added, including in his threat to participating and benefiting airlines of the transport of immigrants by plane to Minsk with the approval of the Belarusian government. The EU ‘is not open to blackmail’, Maas insisted, ‘Belarus has to recognize that its calculation is not working, that we are resolutely taking action against the perfidious and inhumane behavior of Mr Lukashenko and his allies and the EU will continue on this path consistently. ‘

Along the same lines, Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer today demanded more support from Brussels for the Poles to secure the border with Belarus. Vienna, for its part, has offered direct assistance to the Warsaw government. “In two other countries, Greece and Lithuania, the Austrians have already helped to secure the EU’s external border,” recalled Nehammer, who stressed that “the EU Commission must provide the necessary funds for the construction of a fence strong border, offering help to facilitate the entry and registration of these immigrants is a completely wrong sign. “Europe cannot bear that,” the minister said, after temporarily making available to Poland Cobra special forces, drones, armored vehicles, night vision devices and thermal imaging technology to secure the border.

The Polish Government, for its part, remains silent this morning, before the interview that his Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has today with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, while in Warsaw they prepare for new and imminent confrontations with the most violent immigrant groups. The plate authorities estimate that there are between 3,000 and 4,000 people trapped between the two border police. The Polish does not allow them to advance and the Belarusian does not allow them to go back. The president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, recalled that “regardless of the situation and the conditions in which they have arrived, they are people who need our material and spiritual support.” Gadecki has announced a fundraiser that will take place on November 21, after Mass in each parish, since the funds available to Caritas Polska, Caritas Diocesana and the Delegation of Polish Bishops for Immigration are not enough to cover the demand for help from so many people. He has also called for a “day of prayer for peace on the border, for immigrants, people living in the area, for border guards, policemen and soldiers, as well as for politicians and for all Polish and Belarusian citizens. ».

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