Poland Announces State of Emergency on Belarus Border

Poland declared a 30-day state of emergency in parts of two locales bordering Belarus, on Thursday, September 2, in response to the surge of illegal migration set by Belarus.

Reuters reported that the state of emergency ranged to a 3-kilometer radius along the border which will inhibit movement and mass gatherings.

The European Union has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of strategically placing the migrants along the EU’s border in Poland to pressure the EU for its sanctions on Minsk. Another reason for the state of emergency was in anticipation of Belarus’ incoming military drills with Russia. 

The Polish Border Guard reported 3,500 illegal attempts of border crossing in August alone, 2,500 of which were prevented. 

NGOs criticized Warsaw for its move and said that the Polish government must also dispense humanitarian aid to migrants stranded on the border.  Poland, on the other hand, denied responsibility and accused Belarus of turning away a convoy of humanitarian aid for the migrants.  

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