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17 December 2021, 17:24

Polish defector: Polish border guardsmen killed volunteers at the border

Emil Czeczko. A frame from the broadcast of the  TV channel Belarus One
Emil Czeczko. A frame from the broadcast of the TV channel Belarus One

MINSK, 17 December (BelTA) – Polish security forces killed volunteers at the border. The Polish soldier Emil Czeczko, who had requested a political asylum in Belarus, made the statement on the air of the TV channel Belarus One, BelTA has learned.

Emil Czeczko said he had seen at least two situations when Polish border guardsmen shot a volunteer for asking them where they were taking refugees to.

Emil Czeczko said: “I fled the army across razor wire, tore up my trousers, hurt my hand, ran across the no man's land, and saw an approaching Polish patrol. I took my uniform off and ran towards Belarus by a roundabout way. I decided to leave the Polish army like that because it was impossible to stay silent about what is going on in Poland's territory.”

BelTA earlier quoted the State Border Committee of Belarus as saying that a Belarusian border patrol stopped a Polish soldier Emil Czeczko, born in 1996, near the Belarusian-Polish border on 16 December. The man said that he is a soldier of the 11th Masurian Artillery Regiment of the 16th Pomeranian Mechanized Division named after King Casimir, which units had been redeployed to guard a section of the Polish-Belarusian border during the state of emergency imposed in Poland's territory near the Belarusian border. The soldier requested political asylum in Belarus due to his disagreement with Poland's policy towards the migrant crisis and the inhumane treatment of refugees.

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