The Polish Border Guard posted a series of photos on Twitter taken from the phones of illegal migrants, with the photos showing migrants spending their first few days in Minsk taking a stroll and seeing the sights. Only afterward are they transported to the Polish-Belarusian border to cross into Poland.
“The photos revealed from the phones of illegal migrants show that they travel to Belarus for tourism purposes and visit the country’s capital for a few days, then they are transported to the Polish border, where they try to illegally break into Europe,” the Border Guard posted on Twitter.
In addition to the Tweet, the photos show migrants taking selfies in Minsk and in buses. There are also photos that show migrants not in Minsk but in the camp near the Polish-Belarusian border where they are sitting by a fire. They also take pictures of themselves in that area.
Since the beginning of September, the Border Guard has recorded close to 5,000 cases of illegal attempts to cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
On September 2, 2021, the government introduced a state of emergency on the border strip within the Podlaskie and Lubelskie regions.
The government justified the introduction of the state of emergency due to the “hybrid warfare” being carried out against Poland by the government of Alexander Lukashenko.