Polish security forces use water cannons in clash with migrants
DW, 17 Nov 2021
Security forces in Poland on Tuesday deployed water cannons and used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
Poland's Border Guard said migrants had been throwing objects at security personnel. Limited access to the area due to Poland's state of emergency has presented a challenge to the media, in terms of independently verifying versions of events.
Russia has condemned Poland's use of force, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling media in Moscow: "The behavior of the Polish side is absolutely unacceptable." According to Russian media, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has discussed the humanitarian situation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lent his support to Poland, saying the defense alliance was concerned about Lukashenko's using migrants as a "hybrid tactic" against other countries.
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