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Violence erupts as Polish puts fire water cannons on migrants

Key Takeaway:

  • At the border on Tuesday, as migrants try “by all means to get to Poland”, and Polish authorities respond with tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon, “pouring cold water on people in the cold.”
  • Polish and Belarusian authorities are blaming one another for the ratcheting of tensions on the border, where thousands of people have travelled in the hope of making it into the EU only to find themselves stuck in freezing conditions.

On Tuesday, violence erupted at the Poland-Belarus border as migrants were desperate to cross. The European Union threw pebbles at Polish guards who threw them back with water cannons and gas.

Polish and Belarusian authorities are blaming one another for the ratcheting of tensions on the border, where thousands of people have travelled in the hope of making it into the EU only to find themselves stuck in freezing conditions.

Tuesday, the Polish Border Guard said migrants have moved out near the Kuźnica-Bruzgi border crossing as people were behaving “aggressively,” throwing stones and various objects at the Polish services. “To prevent illegal border crossing against aggressive foreigners,” the security agency said on Twitter. Used water cannons against angry foreigners,” the security agency 

Poland’s Ministry of Defense shared footage on Twitter showing Polish officers and soldiers standing shoulder-to-shoulder with rocks lobbed over the barbed wire. The ministry also accused Belarusian services of equipping migrants with “stun grenades.”

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On Tuesday, the spokesperson for Poland’s security services, Stanisław Żaryn, wrote on Twitter about the clashes, describing migrants as “storming the border.”

On the Belarusian side, there were chaotic scenes as crowds of migrants could be seen breaking up concrete blocks. Women and children have been shifted back from the border fence.

Belarus stated “an aggravation of the situation” At the border on Tuesday, as migrants try “by all means to get to Poland”, and Polish authorities respond with tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon, “pouring cold water on people in the cold.”

“People say they are tired of waiting and are ready to breakthrough,” according to BeITA.

It’s unclear what sparked Tuesday’s confrontations, but there is a growing sense of frustration among migrants that Europe is not welcoming them.

Rumours have also been over the past 48 hours in the camps where the migrants are located in Poland.

Source-CTV News

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