WARSAW: A tense situation unfolded at the Poland-Belarus border as migrants, allegedly orchestrated by Belarus in retaliation for EU sanctions, clashed with Polish border guards. The incident, which took place near the village of Usnarz Górny in northeastern Poland, saw migrants throwing stones at the guards, resulting in one officer sustaining a leg injury.Polish authorities have accused Belarus of manipulating the migrant crisis to retaliate against the European Union’s sanctions. This comes in the wake of the EU’s punitive measures against Belarus for its crackdown on pro-democracy protests and human rights abuses. As the situation on the border escalates, Poland has deployed additional forces, including soldiers and police officers, to bolster border security.
Polish authorities have accused Belarus of manipulating the migrant crisis to retaliate against the European Union’s sanctions. This comes in the wake of the EU’s punitive measures against Belarus for its crackdown on pro-democracy protests and human rights abuses. As the situation on the border escalates, Poland has deployed additional forces, including soldiers and police officers, to bolster border security.
The European Union has appealed to both Poland and Belarus to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner and uphold human rights. The border tensions have strained relations between the two countries, with Poland accusing Belarus of using migrants as a weapon. This crisis also poses a significant challenge to the EU’s ability to manage such situations effectively.
The crisis at the Poland-Belarus border serves as a stark reminder of the broader issue of migration in Europe. It raises significant questions about the EU’s capacity to handle such crises and the potential implications for its migration policies. As the situation continues to unfold, the world watches with bated breath for a resolution that upholds human dignity and international law.
Poles vote on Sunday in a parliamentary election the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) hopes will earn it an unprecedented third term in office, while the opposition warns it could put the country on a path towards leaving the European Union.
Opinion polls suggest PiS will come out ahead but could lose its majority amid intensifying discontent over its democratic record, which has cost Poland billions of euros in EU aid, and concerns over women’s rights and the cost of living.
With war raging in neighbouring Ukraine and a migrant crisis brewing, the EU and Washington are watching the vote closely, although both PiS and its mainstream opposition support NATO-member Poland’s key role in providing military and logistical support to Kyiv.
PiS has cast the election as a choice between security from unfettered migration, which it says its opponents support, and a creeping westernisation it sees as contrary to Poland’s Catholic character.
“This election will show whether Poland will be governed by Poles, or by Berlin or Brussels,” PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told supporters at the party’s last campaign rally on Friday.
“What will win is good, patriotic governance … not the screaming and hatred that fill the media and which affect weaker minds,” he said in Skarzysko Kamienna, a city in the PiS heartland in southeastern Poland.
Since sweeping to power in 2015, the party has been accused of undermining democratic checks and balances, politicising the courts, using publicly owned media to push its own propaganda, and stirring up homophobia.
PiS denies wrongdoing, or wanting to leave the EU, and says its reforms aim to make the country and its economy more fair while removing the last vestiges of communism. It has built its support on generous social handouts, which it says rival parties will stop. Its main rival, the liberal Civic Coalition (KO), led by former European Council president Donald Tusk, has campaigned on a pledge to undo PiS reforms, hold its leaders to account and resolve conflicts with Brussels over democratic rule. Tusk says his party would maintain social support.