Hundreds of males, girls and youngsters searching for asylum are trapped in freezing circumstances between hostile forces within the borderlands that separate Belarus from Poland and the European Union. They’ve come primarily from the Center East, fleeing poverty and battle in locations such as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. However fairly than being welcomed they face destitution and even dying within the freezing November circumstances.
Polish riot police have fired water cannon and teargas at individuals forcibly trying to cross into Poland. The clashes got here after EU governments accepted sanctions in opposition to the Belarusian chief, Alexander Lukashenko, for allegedly engineering the disaster by permitting hundreds of asylum-seekers from the Center East to journey by way of Belarus to the border with Poland.
The Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo tells Michael Safi what he discovered within the border area: determined households who’ve endured harsh climate after which beatings on either side of the border.
However the “weaponisation”’ of migrants holds risks for Belarus as nicely, says the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, Andrew Roth. Does Lukashenko have an exit technique if the EU refuses to again down?
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