Gov’t warns migrants on Polish-Belarusian border via SMS

“Migrants who are approaching the Polish-Belarusian border and are within range of Poland’s Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) are being warned via SMS that the border is protected,” Mariusz Kamiński, the Polish Interior Minister, wrote on social media on Tuesday.

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He announced that the SMS reads: “The Polish border is sealed. The Belarusian authorities lied to you. Go back to Minsk! Don't take any pills from Belarusian soldiers.”

In addition, it contains a link to the Interior Ministry’s website where information for migrants as well as warnings are posted in five languages: English, Arabic, Russian, French and Polish.

“Crossing the border illegally and destroying border security measures may result in imprisonment,” the announcement in the website warns.

“You are now close to the Polish-Belarusian border. Illegal border crossing is a crime that will be met with an adequate response from Polish authorities,” it continues.

“Crossing the Polish border will not help you reach Germany… Worsening weather conditions may be dangerous to life and health… Do not risk it! Go back to Minsk! Go back home! Save your life and health!,” it concludes.

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Earlier on Tuesday, President Andrzej Duda, following a meeting with the ministers of interior and defense and the head of border guard, said that he had been asked by the Polish government to prolong the state of emergency, introduced for 30 days on September 2, for an additional 60-day period.

“It seems at the moment that declaring a state of emergency for an additional 60 days will be justified,” the president said after the meeting.

Poland and the Baltic countries have accused the Belarusian government of pushing migrants, most of them from the Middle East, across their borders in an effort to destabilise the situation in the countries and the whole EU.