Warsaw, Poland (AP) —Poland and Belarus as Belarus officials accused Belarus of provocative actions and claimed that some migrants detained at the border were associated with terrorist groups. Call for an extension of the Declaration of Emergency along the border of. Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky told reporters Monday that Poland had recorded 9,400 attempts to
Warsaw, Poland (AP) —Poland and Belarus as Belarus officials accused Belarus of provocative actions and claimed that some migrants detained at the border were associated with terrorist groups. Call for an extension of the Declaration of Emergency along the border of.
Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky told reporters Monday that Poland had recorded 9,400 attempts to illegally cross the Polish border from Belarus since August, of which 8,200 failed. He said about 1,200 people were detained in detention centers after being arrested for attempting to enter Poland illegally.
He presented the findings of a special service in Poland. It claimed that the telephones of detainees showed evidence of a criminal record, including relationships with terrorist organizations and, in some cases, long-standing relationships with Russia.
These sources “suggest that Russia has emerged as an increasingly important point in illegal travel routes to Poland and the European Union. Some detainees have long-standing relationships with Russia. I had a picture of it, “said a special service statement.
The existence of such individuals in Poland “may pose a serious national security threat,” he said.
The complaint could not be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Murrue Ramius has accused Belarusian troops of taking provocative actions, such as firing in the air and pointing guns at Polish soldiers.
“The incident is being triggered at the border and can lead to a very tense situation,” Blazczak said.
The interior minister said the government would recommend extending the emergency along the border. It was declared for 30 days in early September, and Kaminsky said he wanted to see it extended for another 60 days.
The Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian governments (European Union member states on the eastern border of the block with Belarus) allegedly encouraged the illegal migration of people in the Middle East and Africa to their country in order to create division and turmoil. Within the EU condemns Belarus’ support for Moscow.
Poland responded by strengthening its borders with soldier and razor wires to thwart attempts to invade. Most aimed to reach Germany, and some passed undetected.
Government emergencies and other harsh actions in the face of increased immigration are widely popular with Poles. Still, there have been reports of five migrants dying after being stuck in the border area for several weeks, and human rights activists say the authorities’ response is inhumane.
Rights workers say migrants are fleeing war and poverty at home and should be treated humanely. They considered the emergency unjustified and said it allowed authorities to act without oversight of border areas.
Several activists entered the Polish Red Cross’s Warsaw office on Monday, accusing the organization of being too few to help migrants, and began sit-in protests.
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