For several days hundreds of people have been gathering near the crossing in Kuźnica Białostocka. This is the largest group of migrants since the beginning of the crisis. A huge group has already moved towards a border crossing. The Ministry of Interior and Administration threatens with an attempt to cross the border by force.
Cabs from Minsk bring hundreds of people to the border crossing in Bruzgi-Kuźnica. Videos and streams show crowds walking along the road. In the background there are trucks queuing to cross the border and… more cabs bringing people to the crossing in huge numbers.
9 November the Ministry of Interior and Administration reported that the night passed peacefully on the Polish-Belarusian border. Demonstration by Kurds from Iraq turned into a march towards the border crossing, which was thwarted by Belarusian services. Hundreds of people were pushed into the forest and spent the night there. Bonfires were lit and tents were set up.
Media outlets report that Belarusian forces fired into the air to intimidate the migrants and detain them at the border, preventing them from returning to Minsk. At night, the temperature in the area dropped to 0 degrees Celsius, and there was a frost in the morning.
An emergency meeting between European Council President Charles Michel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki began at 11:30 a.m. on November 10 in Warsaw. Poland has also called for a special EU summit on the situation on the border with Belarus. The event would be held in the form of a teleconference.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen just two days ago announced the tightening of sanctions imposed on Belarus. The German Foreign Minister expressed a similar stance on the issue. Heiko Maas stated that Alexander Lukashenko „unscrupulously uses people seeking refuge as hostages in his cynical power game. He deliberately exerts pressure on the EU as a whole and on individual EU member states such as Poland and Lithuania, and thereby just as deliberately endangers the lives of those concerned, who are nothing more than pawns in his power game.” At the same time, the German politician assured that the migrants who believed in the Belarusian promises and got stuck in the forests would not be left without humanitarian aid. This would also be taken care of by the EU.
Representatives of the Border Group, which has been providing assistance to refugees and migrants on the Polish-Belarusian border and monitoring the situation there since the beginning of the crisis, intend to notify the International Criminal Court of possible human rights violations by the Belarusian authorities. At the press conference in front of the Prime Minister’s office a representative of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights spoke about this. In its opinion, the most serious violations could have taken place at the border.
As the representatives of the group explained, actions of the Belarusian authorities in connection with the migration crisis could become the subject of interest of the International Criminal Court even though Belarus is not a party to the Rome Statute. Maciej Nowicki, on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, indicated as a possible basis the fact that the migration crisis takes place not only in Belarus, but also in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, who do are parties to the statute. The Foundation intends to file an application to the ICC against the Belarusian authorities and has encouraged Polish and Lithuanian states to do the same.
On November 11, in counterpoint to the state celebration of Independence Day, an anti-fascist street party of several thousand people passed through the streets of Warsaw.
Lewicowy światopogląd jest w Polsce demonizowany, przedstawiany przez media jako absurdaln…