Two migrants wounded as Belarusian police deploy water cannon
Violence has erupted on the border between Poland and Belarus as Polish guards fired water cannon in an attempt to prevent migrants from throwing rocks at the border.
Authorities in the Polish border town of Gdansk said two migrants were wounded and several were detained.
The violence erupted after thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have sought a way into Poland in recent weeks. Poland has been issuing temporary residency permits to the migrants but has not been able to handle the numbers and was forced to go to the European commission seeking more assistance.
There was further confusion on Tuesday morning as Polish authorities said there were only 1,400 migrants in the north-eastern town.
A bus bound for the border was stuck for more than an hour while police blocked the route. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party blamed Polish refugees advocacy groups.
“Many of our residents feel quite threatened by so-called refugees and what is happening now,” the party’s deputy spokeswoman, Simona Chludzinski, said.
Belarusian police also used water cannon against migrants who threw stones at border guards.
On Monday, police in Krakow said they would deploy 80 officers to the town of Walbrzych to deter what they described as unruly and unregistered migrants.