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Belarus officers force migrants across the border into EU at gunpoint – 'A dirty game'


President Alexander Lukashenko has sent thousands of people to the Polish border on board busses with officers forcing them to cross at gunpoint. The migrants were intercepted by Polish forces who stopped them entering the country, while at the same time being pushed forward by Belarus forces.

“They said they could not resist the guards, who always carried large guns,” Anna Alboth from charity Minority Rights Group, told the Times.

A group of migrants has been stuck in Usnarz Gorny, a village in eastern Poland, for almost a fortnight.

Another group has been taken to holding centres in Poland.

According to the Times, the migrants were forced across the small Swislocz river on planks.

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This follows a report last week from Lithuania which claimed 12 Belarusian officers crossed the border illegally to force a group of migrants into the EU.

Over 4,100 migrants, with the majority from Iraq, have been forced into Lithuania illegally from Belarus just this year.

The rise in the border crossings began in June when the EU imposed sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko.

The sanctions were imposed after the President increased the crackdown on protesters and arrested a dissident journalist who was on board a Ryanair flight.

The plane was forced to land in Minsk where officers arrested the Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich.

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