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Migrant-Wary Poland Calls State of Emergency Near Belarus Border

  • Poland has seen a surge of illegal migrants from Belarus
  • State of emergency will last for 30 days along the frontier
Polish border guards surround migrants in the village of Usnarz Gorny near Bialystok, Poland, close to the border with Belarus, on Aug. 20.

Polish border guards surround migrants in the village of Usnarz Gorny near Bialystok, Poland, close to the border with Belarus, on Aug. 20.

Photographer: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images
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Poland declared a state of emergency along its border with Belarus to stem a surge in the number of migrants trying to enter the European Union from the East. 

President Andrzej Duda’s decision on Thursday will for 30 days curb civil liberties, including press coverage, within a band of about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the border. Poland, along with the Baltic Sea nations of Lithuania and Latvia, are locked in a standoff against Belarus, which the EU accused of using asylum seekers as a weapon to destabilize the bloc.