Poland: Mothers protest against the return of migrants to the Belarusian border

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Shouting “shame” and “no one is illegal”, about 100 Poles Mothers protested near the Belarusian border on Saturday to protest the return of migrants, including children, trying to enter the EU.

“We can not stand idly by when children spend weeks in the cold, wet and dark forests of Poland without water, food or shelter,” the event organizer complained on Facebook.

Thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, have been trying to cross the border since August in an immigration move that the EU suspects Belarus has instigated in response to EU sanctions.

Poland has deployed thousands of troops along the border, built a barbed wire fence and declared a three-month state of emergency in the border area, where journalists and humanitarian organizations are barred from entering.

Protesters held placards reading “Death Frontier” or “Fear God, Not Refugees” and called on the government to lift the curfew so that migrants can receive humanitarian aid.

They also accused the border police of forcing the migrants to return.

“We are moved by these people in the forest,” explained one of the protesters at the Michalovo border crossing in the east of the country.

“My son asked me this morning: Mom, what if we had to spend the night in the woods? “It’s so sad,” he told AFP.

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