Migrants at risk and raw emotions, in an impasse at volatile European borders


The Iraqi Embassy in Moscow announced Thursday that it will organize the evacuation of citizens stranded in Belarus who wish to return home, an offer that is unlikely to be accepted by many who have risked their lives and spent thousands. of dollars to try to escape. the country.

Border crossings for cars and pedestrians have been closed, but freight trains carrying Belarusian goods, including its main export, potassium fertilizers, still pass through Europe, prompting some to demand that all traffic to across the border be stopped.

“We are warning Europe, and yet they are threatening to close the border,” Lukashenko said, according to the Belarusian state news agency. “What if we shut down the natural gas going there?” I would recommend Polish leaders, Lithuanians and other brainless people to think before they speak.

As soldiers cordoned off the border area from media and aid workers, the reported death of the 14-year-old Kurdish boy could not be confirmed. The boy’s body, according to an OKO.press report, a Polish website, was blown away overnight by Belarusian security services.

The crisis has threatened to entangle countries far beyond Eastern Europe, including Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, whose airlines have been accused of playing Lukashenko’s game by transporting migrants to Minsk, the Belarusian capital. The European Union said earlier this week that it was considering blacklisting “airlines from third countries active in human trafficking”.

Turkey’s foreign ministry responded angrily on Thursday to accusations that Turkish Airlines, by operating flights to Minsk, had exacerbated the crisis. Turkey, the ministry said in a statement, had played no role in the crisis and, having taken in millions of Syrian refugees, “is one of the countries that best understands the test that Poland, Lithuania and Latvia face, and is in full support of its allies.

Gathered in a sea of ​​red and white Polish flags at a Warsaw roundabout named after Roman Dmowski, a pre-World War II nationalist leader vilified by critics as an anti-Semite, the right-wing protesters began their march by lighting red rockets and singing the national anthem. A small group of young men stomped on a rainbow flag outside a nearby metro station, near stalls selling Holocaust-denying books and celebrating European fascist leaders like Francisco Franco.


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