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16 November 2021, 16:31

Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs comments on Polish provocations

Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo
Anatoly Glaz. An archive photo

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made a few comments in response to provocations at the Belarusian-Polish border, in particular, the use of special gear and ammunition against refugees, BelTA has learned.

Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Anatoly Glaz said: “The Polish side is directly provoking border incidents. They use special gear in Belarus' territory. Defenseless people are being choked with gas and deafened with stun grenades. Moreover, we have information that Polish law enforcement personnel have already started throwing stones at people. Some have been hurt. It is an objective reality of actions of the country that continues teaching the right democracy and respect for human rights to its neighbors. What's next? A humanitarian artillery bombardment of miserable women and children at the border?”

The official remarked it goes without saying that such actions directly violate a number of international and bilateral norms and agreements. “Theoretically it is difficult to imagine how one can justify the use of special gear and ammunition in the territory of another sovereign country. This is why the relevant official reaction will surely follow from our side,” the press secretary said. “We are initiating the investigation of the incident with assistance of international organizations since all the facts are obvious. But we will not be driven by these provocations.”

The official said Belarus is interested in a civilized resolution of the situation, including taking into account interests of people, and Belarus constantly repeats it. “While Poland keeps using water cannons against them, Belarus provides humanitarian aid every day,” he remarked.

According to the source, the goal of the Polish side is absolutely understandable: the country has to raise tensions even higher and nip in the bud any attempts to resolve the situation normally. “This is why after a detailed discussion of the problem at the top level yesterday, today we see Poland's direct provocation and mistreatment of the disadvantaged individuals. Certainly, this mockery has to stop. I repeat once again we've always been interested in a normal, constructive, and civilized resolution of the situation,” the press secretary concluded.

Polish troops use water cannons against migrants at Belarusian-Polish border checkpointPolish troops use water cannons against migrants at Belarusian-Polish border checkpoint
In addition to using water cannons and throwing grenades at refugees along the border line Polish law enforcement personnel use special gear. Loud bangs can be heard. The refugees are covered by a thick smoke cloud. The people are choking, children are crying, the gas affects their eyes. Some start vomiting.
Situation at Belarusian-Polish border somewhat stabilizedSituation at Belarusian-Polish border somewhat stabilized
Despite the certain stabilization of the border situation Polish law enforcement personnel periodically use water cannons against refugees at the border checkpoint and the nearby area. The refugees are trying to distance themselves, cover kids, and dry their clothes.
Some refugees plan to return to old camp at Belarus-Poland borderSome refugees plan to return to old camp at Belarus-Poland border
Some refugees are packing their belongings and leaving the checkpoint at the Belarusian-Polish border, BelTA has learned.
Belarusian doctors treat refugees, journalists hit with tear gas, water cannonsBelarusian doctors treat refugees, journalists hit with tear gas, water cannons
"Another ambulance vehicle has just left to the border. Standby medical team is promptly providing medical assistance to all refugees and journalists hit with tear gas and hosed with water cannons, but the number of victims is growing," the press service said.
Belarus to investigate violent actions of Polish troops against refugeesBelarus to investigate violent actions of Polish troops against refugees
In order to drive away the migrants, the Polish side employed tear gas. The gas infuriated the refugees, who started chucking stones, sticks, and anything else they could get their hands on at the Polish law enforcement personnel. In response the Polish troops employed water cannons and flash bangs.

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