116 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border were recorded last day, the Border Guard announced on Tuesday. “In the section protected by the Border Guard Post in Cheremsha, groups of 30 people crossed the border twice with the support of Belarusian services,” said border guards in social media.
The Border Guard informed on Twitter about the data on the situation from the Polish-Belarusian border from the past day. It reported that there were 116 attempts to illegally cross the border, and that the officers issued 25 decisions to leave the territory of the Republic of Poland.
The Watchtower also reported that an attempt was made to cross the border by force in the section protected by the Border Guard post in Czeremcha. “Groups of 30 people crossed the border twice with the support of Belarusian services,” we read in a statement published on Twitter.
Since the beginning of the year, the Border Guard has recorded nearly 40,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border. In November there were 8.9 thousand attempts to illegally cross the border, in October 17.5 thousand, September 7.7 thousand, August 3.5 thousand.
State of emergency and no stay
A state of emergency was in force since September 2, due to migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Sejm agreed to extension of the state of emergency until November 30.
On the other hand, from December 1 to March 1, under the regulation of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, in the area near the border with Belarus is forbidden to stay. It covers 115 towns of the Podlaskie Voivodeship and 68 towns of the Lubelskie Voivodeship. This means – as in the conditions of the previously applicable state of emergency – that journalists, among others, are not allowed free access to the banned border zone. The media may enter this area only with the assistance of the Border Guard, after obtaining consent from the Border Guard headquarters. Journalists cannot work freely in the no-stay zone, and therefore they cannot verify the information provided by the services and official factors.
The introduction of a ban on staying in the border zone is possible thanks to the amendment to the act on the protection of the state border. Earlier that day, the amendment was signed by President Andrzej Duda, a The Sejm rejected Senate amendments.
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