Atmosphere darkens in battle of wills between Belarus and Poland

Bialystok Letter: ‘Please don’t think we all enjoy this,’ a young Polish officer says

Migrants clash with Polish law enforcement officers as they attempt to cross into Poland from Belarus. Photograph: Leonid Shcheglov/Belta/AFP via Getty

Migrants clash with Polish law enforcement officers as they attempt to cross into Poland from Belarus. Photograph: Leonid Shcheglov/Belta/AFP via Getty

“Human beings suffer/ they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard.”

These words by Seamus Heaney have rattled around my mind while covering the unfolding humanitarian and geopolitical crisis on the Poland-Belarus border.

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