Polish President Andrzej Duda has ordered a state of emergency in parts of two regions bordering Belarus, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The move is unprecedented in the Poland’s post-communist history. It comes amid heightened tensions between Belarus and its neighbors over a sharp increase in migration.
According to the order signed by Duda, gatherings of people will be banned under the state of emergency, and people will be forbidden from being in certain places at set times.
Why is Poland declaring a state of emergency?
In August, some 3,000 migrants tried to enter Poland from Belarus.
The Polish government and the European Union have accused Alexander Lukashenko’s regime in Minsk of orchestrating the unauthorized crossings.
“The situation on the border with Belarus is difficult and dangerous,” Duda’s spokesperson Blazej Spychalski told a news conference.
“Today, we as Poland, being responsible for our own borders, but also for the borders of the European Union, must take measures to ensure the security of Poland and the European Union,” he added.
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