Water Cannons Used as Migrants and Police Clash at Poland-Belarus Border

Polish police said seven officers were injured at the Kuznica-Bruzgi border crossing on November 16 as migrants threw stones from the Belarusian side and Polish forces responded with water cannons and tear gas.

The clashes came a day after the European Union agreed to broaden its scope for imposing sanctions on Belarus, allowing any individuals or entities “that facilitate illegal crossing of the EU’s external borders” through Belarus to face sanctions.

This footage was published by the State Border Committee of Belarus. The committee said, “men, driven to complete despair by the unbearable conditions in which they themselves and their families had been in the last 24 hours, attempted to break into Poland.”

The footage shows water cannons and tear gas being used. “Being in wet clothes at temperatures close to zero in November … is a real threat to their lives,” the committee said. It said that Belarus had launched an investigation into the clashes, adding, “This is regarded as nothing other than violent actions against persons who are on the territory of another country.” Credit: State Border Committee of Belarus via Storyful

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