Activists Arrested for Trying to Destroy Belarus/Poland Border

A group of activists – 12 Polish and one Dutch citizen have been taken into custody in Poland on Sunday for attempting to demolish a section of a barbed-wire barrier erected by Polish authorities along the Belarusian border to prevent migrants from entering.

“[Translated in English] The Border Guard officers together with the soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces detained a group of 13 people,” Straż Graniczna said in a tweet.

The activists claimed it was an act of defiance against Polish authorities for what they called “inhumane treatment” of migrants attempting to enter the European Union country.

According to Poland’s interior minister, the group “will face all criminal consequences for their actions.” Among those reported to have been detained is a leading figure in an NGO whom Polish prosecutors have accused of laundering Russian money.

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said that what the protesters did was “absolutely unacceptable” and that those detained “will bear all the legal consequences of their actions.”

Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski said that the actions of the protesters were “absolutely unacceptable,” and those arrested “will bear all legal consequences of their actions.”

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