Friday, September 3, 2021

Poland declares state of emergency in two provinces over Belarus border row. Also, "Nobody will teach us what democracy and the rule of law are"

 Poland declared a state of emergency in two regions bordering Belarus on Thursday following a surge of illegal migration that Warsaw has blamed on its neighbor.

While European Union accuses Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging hundreds of migrants to cross into Polish territory to put pressure on the bloc over sanctions it has imposed on Minsk Poland accuses him of engaging in human trafficking and charging migrants $10,000 a head for helping them cross into Poland and therefore the EU.

Meanwhile, Poland's Prime Minister wrote on Facebook: 

Nobody will teach us what democracy and the rule of law is because Poland has a very long and noble history of fighting all kinds of totalitarianisms and despots.

"We fought for the rule of law and democracy during the terrible years of communism, but we have a much longer tradition of democratism and we do not want to be taught by anyone from Western Europe what democracy is, what the rule of law is, because we know it best."