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Other than declaring that Poland is going to erect a new, 2.5-meter-high barrier on the border with Belarus, the Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, also announced that the number of soldiers assisting the border guards will be doubled.
A 100 km-long barbed wire fence is already there
Earlier, the Minister took to Twitter to share photos of a 100 km-long barbed wire fence that the Polish soldiers have already installed along the border. At the same time, he announced that the barrier will soon be extended by additional 50 kilometers.
Last week, on its website, the Ministry of Interior and Administration summarized the activities of Polish authorities on the Polish-Belarusian border. In the release, the government stated that the total length of the border with Belarus is 418 kilometers, which is protected by 19 border guard posts. It also identified a 187 km-long strip of the border as the section "most vulnerable to crossing".
Refugees stranded on Poland’s eastern border
A group of refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan has been stranded near the town of Usnarz Górny on the Polish-Belarusian border for the past several days. The border guards refuse to let them enter Poland, despite the fact that they have applied for asylum in accordance with Polish and international law. The refugees have been denied access to medical care and lawyers. Polish MP are also denied access to them. - It's hard for me not cry now- said a doctor present at the scene.
On Friday, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration, Maciej Wąsik, signed amendments to the regulation on temporary suspension or restriction of border traffic at certain border crossings. They are intended to provide a legal "groundwork" for efforts to push refugees seeking asylum out of Poland. According to legal experts, it is a violation of international law.
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