Polish Police Use Tear Gas, Water Cannon Against Migrants at Belarus Border

Polish police used tear gas and water cannons against migrants attempting to cross the border from Belarus on Nov. 16.

“The migrants attacked our soldiers and officers with stones and are trying to destroy the fence and get to Poland. Our services used tear gas to stifle the aggression of migrants,” Polish Defense Ministry said on Twitter.

The Defense Ministry also uploaded multiple videos showing the clashes between Polish forces and thousands of migrants, who are trying to cross into the European Union.

The Defense Ministry added that the attackers, which were “mostly young, aggressive men,” also threw stun grenades and tear gas canisters at Polish soldiers and officers.

Belarusian Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Anatoly Glaz accused Poland of “directly provoking border incidents.”

“They use special gear in Belarus’ territory. Defenseless people are being choked with gas and deafened with stun grenades,” Glaz said, adding that they will launch an investigation into the incident.

The clashes came after EU countries approved sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for allegedly orchestrating the migrant crisis

The clashes also came the same day Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir held a telephone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell to discuss the situation at the Belarus-EU border.

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