Ashim Benedict Palmer: In a statement from Warsaw Reuters reported that The Polish government has blamed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for the massive influx of immigrants. Polish President Andrzej Duda has called for an end to illegal immigration and declared a state of emergency at the border. The Belarusian President has accused Warsaw of trying to put pressure on the powerful European Union by imposing sanctions on Minsk.
This is the first emergency ordinance issued by the Polish government since the establishment of communist rule in Poland, and the ordinance restricts public movement for the next 30 days including a ban on public gatherings. Polish presidential spokesman Blaise Spychalsky described the situation on the border as "extremely difficult and dangerous" and said the government had taken steps to ensure the country's security.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Putin has denied the allegations and blamed Western politicians for the heated situation on the border. Human rights activists say the Polish government is providing adequate medical care to stranded migrants. Warsaw's response said it was the responsibility of the Belarusian government.
Human rights activists have expressed concern that the emergency order could limit their service work. The European Union (EU) has imposed economic sanctions on Belarus for holding an unresolved and disputed election and forcing a journalist to land after being forced to land.