US News Poland-Belarus: The tragedy experienced by the thousands of migrants may last

12:05  10 november  2021
12:05  10 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

NATO judges "unacceptable" how Belarus "uses" the migrants

 NATO judges © Kacper Pempel / Reuters a vehicle circulates near a fence built by Polish soldiers on the border between Poland and Belarus near the Village of Nomiki, Poland, August 26, 2021. Photo Stock Illustration. An NATO manager denounces the use of migrants by the Belarusian regime, accused of deliberately encouraging the illegal entry of foreigners in Poland in particular, in response to the penalties that the European Union imposed on Minsk for violations of human rights.

Il faisait 1° celsius mercredi 10 novembre au matin dans la région polonaise frontalière avec la Biélorussie. © Via Reuters - Obtained by Reuters it was 1 ° Celsius Wednesday 10 November in the morning in the border Polish region with Belarus.

Thousands of migrants, by glacial time, always hope to cross the Polish border and set foot in the European Union. They arrived there because Belarus's authoritarian regime provided them visas, before pushing them to the border with Poland, who does not want to welcome them. These migrants are currently in a prohibited area between the two countries.

prohibits journalists, the area is even more locked since the beginning of the week and the massive arrival of migrants. Any attempt to penetrate is vain, as we have seen Tuesday, November 9. The police, border guards and soldiers are turned on, reports our special envoy, Romain Lemaresquier .

Poland Police takes more than 50 migrants near the border with Belarus Fest

 Poland Police takes more than 50 migrants near the border with Belarus Fest Sokolka. The police in Poland arrested more than 50 migrants near the border with Belarus. People would have broken the border in two groups and they were illegal to Poland. © Leonid Shcheglov Polish policemen and boundary contactors are on the barbed wire. That explained to the local police spokesman Tomasz Krupa on Wednesday. The arrests have been made in the past 24 hours near the village of Bialowieza. Several refugees would have removed the arrest, after you are looking for.

If the inhabitants we have encountered at the entrance to this forbidden area say they do not see any difference compared to the last weeks, it is clear that the atmosphere seems very strange. A calm, a worrying silence reign ... and it is impossible, if you do not live in a village located in this area, to enter.

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Even Polish Red Cross does not have permission to enter, while the situation on the other side of the border does not seem to improve, despite the distribution of food, water and clothes, made by the Red Cross Belarusses, Tuesday, November 9th.

Céline Schmitt, spokesman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is very worried: "We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation. We call the two states to ensure security, but also respect for the rights of migrants and refugees. There have been several tragic deaths that have been recorded in this border area in recent weeks. And we recall the states that it is really imperative to prevent any new loss of human life, but also to ensure a human treatment of migrants and refugees. UNHCR is available to support. "

Migratory crisis: Vladimir Putin calls on the EU to restore the contact with Belarus

 Migratory crisis: Vladimir Putin calls on the EU to restore the contact with Belarus © Reuters Humanitarian distribution for migrants near the Belarus-Polish border, in the region of Grodno, Belarus, November 11, 2021. While EU members are preparing to adopt sanctions against Belarus, accused of orchestrating the arrival of several thousand migrants at the gates of Europe, Vladimir Putin asked on Thursday to restore the Dialogue with Minsk.

14 dollars for half of a bread

The distribution operation on the part of Belarus seems rather surprising, because so far, Belarusian soldiers tended to unleas the migrants of the little food or material They had and then resell them what they had withdrawn. Half of a bread, for example, was resold at the price of $ 14.

This operation of the Belarusian Red Cross therefore resembles a communication operation from the Belarusian leader Alexander Loukachenko, who tries to return things to his advantage and to make the European Union responsible for this situation.

"The instrumentalization of migrants and refugees for political purposes is deplorable and must stop, continues Céline Schmitt. We contacted the two governments. We ask for an urgent resolution. We also ask for groups. Humanitarian aid must be provided. But also, people who need international protection, that is, the people who are here because they have fled violence, they fled the conflict, they fled persecutions, that they can be identified, that they can benefit from protection ... and also that people who want to seek asylum, that they can do it.

This human tragedy, which takes place at the gates of Europe, could last and have dramatic consequences, knowing that temperatures continue to decline in recent days.

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431 Iraqis have been repatriated, thousands of exile candidates still remain blocked at the gates of Europe . Germany will not welcome them. The EU tightens ranks around Poland against Belarus. © Hussein Ibrahim / Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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