Belarus border: Scrambling for facts in Europe’s new crisis

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Journalists and aid workers are barred from reaching the border area under Poland’s state of emergency

Belarus border | Nov 13, 2021

At a checkpoint near the Polish border, soft rock blared out from a patrol car blocking our path as the police radio channel sporadically burst into life.

This discordant din filled the freezing woodland where Europe’s newest crisis is unfolding – and where it is proving tough to establish hard facts and cut through all the noise.

That is because this bleak spectacle has so far been played out in an area from where journalists and aid agencies are being kept away.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Belarus’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, who is often noted as Europe’s last dictator, has been reluctant to allow independent observation of the conveyor belt of human misery he is accused of creating.

But EU member Poland is facing criticism for maintaining…

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