The area along the border is restricted as part of a state of emergency that Poland imposed in early September, and neither journalists nor human rights workers can monitor the situation there. It was impossible to independently verify the Polish authorities’ claims.
Polish state news agency PAP reported that Belarus' charge d’affaires was summoned over the matter, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lukasz Jasina.
PAP also reported that the Belarusian charge d'affaires, Alaksandr Czasnouski, told journalists as he left the meeting that “the information about the shots is untrue.”
In Belarus, State Border Guard Committee spokesperson Anton Bychkovsky rejected the claim of shots fired, saying that the Belarusian border guards hadn’t used weapons over the last 24 hours, according to the Russian state news agency Tass.
Bychkovsky said the committee has officially asked Polish authorities to specify their claim, Tass said.
EU members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have fortified their borders in response to unauthorized migration from Belarus. They allege the Moscow-backed Belarusian government is organizing and encouraging people to enter EU territory as an element of “hybrid war" in retaliation for Western sanctions on the authoritarian government in Minsk.
Meanwhile, tensions are also growing in Poland, where some Poles accuse the government of inhumane treatment of the migrants. During a Friday protest, activists threw red paint symbolizing blood on the parliament grounds in Warsaw.
The action was “a gesture of solidarity with refugees dying on the border,” activist Marcin Mycielski said.
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