The Polish government and the Belarusian opposition have denounced the advance of hundreds of migrants into Belarusian territory and accused Alexander Lukashenko’s government of orchestrating this massive movement, which would have been unprecedented in the region since the start of the migration crisis.
Reports of the opposition in Belarus, including the Nexta media, posted pictures on social networks this Monday of a large group of migrants advancing along a street and allegedly being monitored by security forces.
“The Belarusian regime is worsening the border crisis”, denounced former presidential candidate Svetlana Tijanovskaya, who accused Lukashenko of “pushing” these people to the border with Poland and “fully responsible” for what he called “complete” ” made. hybrid warfare “.
Tijanovskaya, who left Belarus after the controversial elections in 2020, called for a “strong response” to these challenges, with an explicit reference to the United Nations Security Council to urge it to discuss a crisis that began in late May, when Lukashenko warned that in retaliation for the sanctions it would not prevent migrants from passing through to EU countries.
Warsaw also considered the pictures from this Monday to be “very worrying,” said a spokesman for the Polish government, Stanislaw Zaryn. “They will try to enter Poland en masse,” he warned on his Twitter account, where he also said that “the largest attempt to date to enter Poland has only just begun”.
Zaryn has assured that these migrants, “mostly young men”, are advancing with the tolerance of the Belarusian armed forces who would lead the group. In this context, he emphasized that it was “another example of the hostile activity of the (Lukasschenko) regime against Poland”.
According to the PAP news agency, the Polish authorities have estimated more than 30,000 attempts to illegally cross the border since the beginning of the year. The Polish government has stepped up surveillance in the area for which it declared a state of emergency in early September in the regions bordering Belarus.