Polish government to ask president to extend state of emergency
Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6h52
Updated 56 minutes ago
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish government spokesperson said authorities will ask President Andrzej Duda to extend the state of emergency along the border with Belarus for 60 days to support efforts to stop an influx of migrants which, according to Warsaw, is organized by Belarus.
Piotr Mueller said the government decided to ask for the extension during its weekly session on Tuesday.
Poland established a 30-day state of emergency along the border strip with Belarus on September 2, barring everyone except border guards and other security forces from entering the region . Poland says Belarus is waging a “hybrid war” to destabilize the European Union.
With thousands of unsuccessful attempts to cross the EU’s eastern border illegally with Belarus in recent weeks and the deaths of six migrants, the Polish government wants the ban extended.
He alleges that some of the migrants have links to terrorist and criminal groups and says the state of emergency can prevent any attempt at provocation by Belarus.
The Polish president has the power to announce the state of emergency and to extend it.
The governments of EU member countries Poland, Lithuania and Latvia accuse the Moscow-backed Belarusian regime of encouraging illegal immigration to their countries by people from the Middle East and Africa in order to sow divisions and chaos within the EU.
Poland and Lithuania responded by strengthening their borders with soldiers and razor wire to stop attempted entry. Most of the migrants aim to reach Germany, and some have apparently passed undetected.