Recently, a crowd of refugees trying to cross the border has become horribly familiar. We’ve seen a lot of desperate people seeking refuge in strange places: Syrians escaping civil war and, the Rohingya who were brutally exiled from Myanmar, Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.
But the standoff on the frontier that separates Belarus and Poland is where thousands of refugees are encamping in a chilly forest some of whom have even died. Many have died, which is very different. A brawl broke out yesterday in the most violent confrontation to date when hundreds of migrants rushed through the checkpoint, and Polish soldiers shot water cannons and tear gas to stop the crowd. Today, I’ll discuss the reasons behind the standoff, its relative size, and the implications to distinguish it from other standoffs.
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In the beginning, this seems to be an orchestrated crisis initiated partly by Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus’s autocratic head, to cause problems among members of the European Union.
Belarus does not permit many independent news outlets or any significant opposition to the political system. Lukashenko’s claim that he could have been reelected at 80 percent vote was considered a joke, and tens of thousands of protesters gathered.
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The authorities took the protests down by using force. In the aftermath of the demonstrations, the EU has imposed sanctions against Belarus, which isn’t an official participant in the Union, and Lukashenko is ardently seeking to lift them.
In recent months, he has welcomed thousands of tourists who wish to travel to the more open, prosperous nations in Western as well as Northern Europe. This means first getting into any or more of the EU member countries that border Belarus -for example, Poland, Lithuania or Latvia.