Human Rights Watch: Belarusian security forces woke up migrants with kicks and drove them to the border Belarusian-Polish border. Victims' accounts are featured in a 26-page report from Human Rights Watch.
One of the refugees, a 14-year-old girl, revealed details of an overnight stay near the border area. “In the morning, Belarusian border guards woke us up with kicks. They kicked the fire, too, and it ignited my sleeping bag. I was badly burned, ”said the victim. The authors of the report claim that they themselves saw burns on the girl's foot and lower leg. “They grabbed me and other family members and dragged me to the place at the border, where they left them,” she complained, describing the actions of the Belarusian security forces.
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“If you want to get out of there, you have to pay. If you try to escape, you will be beaten, ”the report cites the words of a Kurdish refugee from Syria. According to him, the Belarusian border guards caught small groups of migrants and specially collected them at the collection points, and then led them to the border in a crowd. People were taken away from their phones, the man added.
The migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border began on November 8, 2021, when a large column of migrants approached the border fence near the Bruzgi checkpoint. The migrants made several attempts to storm the fence, but they were all stopped by Polish border guards. The Polish leadership is confident that migrants are forcibly caught and sent to a camp at the border at the behest of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Earlier, Lukashenko personally addressed the refugees who were gathered in a logistics center near the border. The Belarusian president called European politicians “distraught” and urged them to let migrants into the European Union.