Hundreds of protesters block migrants from entering Poland in Serbia

This article is over 10 months old Police detain more than 200 in Red Square as others try to block them from entering Poland Polish police used water cannons and pushed back hundreds of…

Hundreds of protesters block migrants from entering Poland in Serbia

This article is over 10 months old

Police detain more than 200 in Red Square as others try to block them from entering Poland

Polish police used water cannons and pushed back hundreds of protesters from the centre of Warsaw after migrants in Serbia started throwing stones and eggs, chanting “Shame on Poland”.

With Serbia becoming a migration route for eastern Europeans, attempts were made to enter Poland, including 20 men who were arrested on a bridge at the River Tarn, a government spokeswoman said.

Clashes broke out between police and protesters and a number of youths joined the crowd, Polish media reported.

The governor of southern Kaczynskice province, Pawel Malysz, said thousands of migrants were allowed to enter Poland – including 20 who were arrested on the bridge – and hundreds more had attempted to enter the country.

The army’s reservists and private citizens were being asked to join forces with police to deal with the “increasing number of immigrants”, Malysz said.

The EU’s asylum procedure was in need of comprehensive reform, Poland’s foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, told a news conference with his counterparts from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

“We see how only 28 states have the power to decide on the right of asylum for the whole EU. That no longer works,” he said, adding that such a reform should be led by all EU members.

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