the essential During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Polish security forces arrested a hundred migrants who were trying to cross the border with Belarus.
“A group of about a hundred migrants have been arrested by the Polish services,” the ministry said, accusing the Belarusians of “forcing the migrants to throw stones at the Polish soldiers in order to distract their attention.” to cross the border took place a few hundred meters away “, near the village of Dubicze Cerkiewne, stressed the ministry.
Video released by the Defense Ministry shows Polish soldiers surrounding a large group of migrants crouching on the ground at night in a forest near a barbed wire fence. A few thousand migrants, mostly from the Middle East, have been camping for days in freezing temperatures along the Polish border, on the Belarusian side, in the hope of being able to enter the EU.
The West accuses Minsk of having orchestrated this influx since the summer, in response to Western sanctions against Belarus after the repression in 2020 of a historic opposition movement. Warsaw, along with Belarus’ two other European neighbors, Lithuania and Latvia, refuse to accept these thousands of migrants.