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According to PM Morawiecki’s Chief of Staff Michał Dworczyk, the situation at the border with Belarus "escalated violently". - Actions taken by representatives of the opposition, various activists, and unfortunately also some journalists, required a quick reaction. All these reasons put together led us to introduce a state of emergency- he said.

Interviewing Mr Dworczyk, journalist Konrad Piasecki asked him about the words of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Maciej Wąsik. During a debate, the Minister spoke of "idiotic opposition MPs" - We would like as many people as possible to approach this situation responsibly because the situation is such that it requires serious treatment- Mr Dworczyk commented.

Dworczyk: „in a heated debate, you sometimes don’t mince words"

The head of the Prime Minister's Office stressed that "in a heated political debate, you sometimes don’t mince words". - I think that the main thing, when it comes to the state of emergency, is the problem that we have today on the Polish-Belarusian border. It is a real threat, and yet you see some politicians and journalists behave irresponsibly - he said, adding that "using emotionally charged language in a political debate is by no means uncommon or extraordinary".

Mr Piasecki asked why journalists are not allowed into the area where the state of emergency has been imposed. - If journalists also act in a way that could cause a dangerous situation or lead to some incidents, then it is worth making such a decision- Dworczyk replied.

The PM’s Chief of Staff explained that introducing the state of emergency was necessitated by the "tense situation". - The reason is that Lukashenko's regime decided to push people from Iraq into Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia, to destabilize our countries - he said a few days ago.

Ruling Law and Justice party MP Piotr Kaleta was more explicit: - There is a state of emergency so that the border guards could have their peace - he said.  - If we removed journalists and all organizations for just a week, we would knock arguments out of Lukashenko's hands. It is opposition politicians and civil rights organizations causing all the unrest – the politician concluded.

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