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16 November 2021, 15:35

Poland to employ lethal weapons against refugees if necessary

MINSK, 16 November (BelTA) – The Polish border service will use firearms without hesitation if necessary, RIA Novosti quoted the spokeswoman of the Polish Border Guard Anna Michalska as saying.

Anna Michalska said: “All the units carry lethal weapons while on duty. We are a law enforcement agency. We get trained to use these weapons if necessary. I can assure you that personnel of the border guard will not hesitate to use these weapons if need be.”

“But I emphasize that we will try not to use these weapons. We don't want to use them but we will not hesitate if we have to use them,” she added.

A large group of refugees, primarily Kurds, went to the Belarusian-Polish border on 8 November. About 2,000 refugees, including a considerable number of women and children, stopped in front of the Polish fence at the border line. They set up a spontaneous camp not far from the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi in Grodno Oblast. Polish law enforcement personnel do not let them cross the border. They do not classify people coming from Belarus as refugees. In turn, the migrants attempted to overcome the fences. Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus Mulusew Mamo visited the camp this week and said the situation was catastrophic.

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.

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