Poland uses ‘strange’ scare tactics against campaigners assisting refugees stranded near the Belarusian border.
According to DW News, Polish troops have used “abnormal” techniques to terrify activists assisting refugees at the Belarusian border.
Polish forces ringed DW News Brussels correspondent Jack Parrock near the exclusion zone near the Polish-Berlusian border, he recalled. He described troops surrounding his camera crew’s cars and the migrant activists with whom the reporter was traveling. Mr. Parrock described the episode as an example of the Polish military’s “scare tactics.” Poland is currently at odds with Belarus over the influx of migrants trying to enter the country through Belarusian territory.
“The information is quite tough to acquire,” Mr Parrock told DW News.
“I’ll just give you a little example of what happened to our filming crew this evening. We were summoned by a group of activists who go out into the woods when refugees and migrants ask for assistance.
“They advised us to meet outside the exclusion zone, so we did, and our cars were encircled by Polish soldiers shortly after because of the increased military presence here in the border region.”
“They didn’t actually speak to us, but it was enough to terrify the activists into accompanying us to the forest to see these individuals.”
“And enough for them to say listen, we’re not going to go find these people who told them they were in desperate need of help,” he continued.
“It’s a very difficult scenario.”
“It’s bitterly cold here, and it’s only going to grow colder.”
“Many of these people have been in that jungle for days on end, drinking from puddles on the ground and surviving on what they can find.”
On Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the second time in as many days to discuss the situation on the Poland-Belarus border, informing him Belarus was deploying defenseless people in a “hybrid attack.”
Ms Merkel informed Putin that Belarus was to blame for the situation on the border, where hundreds of refugees are trapped in a no-land man’s between the two nations, according to a statement released by her spokesperson.
In a statement, spokesperson Steffen Seibert stated, “The Chancellor highlighted that the situation was caused by the Belarusian regime, which was employing defenseless people in a hybrid attack against the European Union.”
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