The leader of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, commented on Friday at a press conference on the situation on the border with Belarus. – The opposition’s task is to calmly explain that humanitarian aid for a child in the forest is not in opposition to effective border protection – he said.
On Monday, over 20 migrants, including women and eight children, stayed in front of the Border Guard post in Michałów in Podlasie. On Wednesday, the spokeswoman for the Podlasie Border Guard Unit, Katarzyna Zdanowicz, said that the migrants were “under the procedure in accordance with the regulation”. When asked if this meant that they had been taken back to the border, Zdanowicz replied: – Yes, they were brought to the border line and now they are in Belarus.
On Thursday, the Seym agreed to 60-day extension of the state of emergency, which is in force in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships. Ultimately, 237 deputies voted in favor of this solution, 179 were against and 31 abstained.
Tusk: it has nothing to do with border protection
Donald Tusk was asked about the situation at the border at a press conference. – In order to be able to effectively comment on what the rulers do, you must have basic knowledge, you must have access to information – he said. – The problem is that today, as Poles, under the conditions of a state of emergency, we do not have access to knowledge. I think that not only me – we would all like to know how we really deal with border protection, what the PiS government really does when it comes to border protection and what this humanitarian side looks like – he added.
He assessed that “the opposition is objectively in a very difficult situation”. – Yesterday’s debate showed that too, – he said.
– The symbolic response was what the representative of the president did, (…) minister (Paweł) Soloch, tossing a photo of one of these children on the floor with contempt. I leave this to you for your assessment, the ethical and moral qualification of this type of behavior – continued Tusk. He stressed that “the need for humanitarian aid for the child is obvious and the color of the skin or nationality does not matter”. “We shouldn’t be discussing this at all,” he noted.
According to Tusk, the opposition must understand that “Poles expect from us not only justified, humanitarian and ethical reactions, but also the conviction that we are able to protect the Polish border and the European border.” – There would be no such performances, there would be no these scandalous debates at times, there would be no running around with photos, there would not be all of this, if we had certainty and access to information that a child who is in the forest and may die in a moment is cared for. It has nothing to do with border protection, because this child is already on our side. It has already passed – he emphasized.
Tusk: have the courage to demand a press conference with Kaczyński
– The opposition’s task is to calmly explain that humanitarian aid for a child in the forest is not in opposition to effective border protection. You can be effective and you don’t have to be cruel. You can be pragmatic and find ways to stop migration, and you don’t have to be ruthless with your children or their mothers. You have to make this effort, you have to really want it – said Tusk.
He noted that “it will never be perfect” because people will always try to cross the border.
– The question is about proportions, the question is about the moral approach, the question is about the real effectiveness of such an action. Have the courage to demand a press conference with Kaczyński, not with me on this matter, because for now, I hope that soon, but for now, he is responsible for the fact that they are going through illegally and at the same time that we still have a more and more disastrous picture of it, what is happening on the border from the ethical and humanitarian side – he added.
Main photo source: Agnieszka Sadowska / Agencja Gazeta