German police halt armed far-right vigilantes on Polish border

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German constabulary accidental they person stopped much than 50 far-right vigilantes equipped with capsicum spray, a bayonet, a machete and batons who were trying to patrol the Polish borderline to halt migrants from entering the country.

The vigilantes were pursuing a telephone by the Third Way, a acold right-party with suspected links to neo-Nazi groups, for its members to halt amerciable crossings adjacent the municipality of Guben connected the German-Polish border.

Police seized the weapons carried by the 50 suspects and made them permission the country precocious connected Saturday and successful the aboriginal hours of Sunday, a spokesperson said. The suspects had travelled to the Polish borderline from crossed Germany.

On Saturday, dozens of radical held a vigil successful Guben to amusement their absorption to the planned far-right patrols.

Germany has stationed an other 800 constabulary officers connected the Polish borderline to power the travel of migrants trying to participate the European Union from Belarus, the interior curate was quoted arsenic saying connected Sunday.

“Hundreds of officers are presently connected work determination time and night. If necessary, I americium prepared to reenforce them adjacent further,” Horst Seehofer told Bild americium Sonntag.

Seehofer said determination had already been 6,162 unauthorised entries into Germany from Belarus and Poland this year.

Last week, Seehofer said Germany did not mean to adjacent the borderline with Poland, but connected Sunday helium said the state mightiness person to see reintroducing controls.

“If the concern connected the German-Polish borderline does not ease, we volition besides person to see whether this measurement needs to beryllium taken successful coordination with Poland and the authorities of Brandenburg. This determination volition travel to the adjacent government,” helium said.

The 3 German parties moving to signifier a conjugation authorities accidental they purpose to wrapper up talks by the extremity of November and elite the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz chancellor successful December.

Many EU states impeach Minsk of sending amerciable migrants crossed the borderline into the EU to enactment unit connected the bloc, which imposed sanctions connected Belarus aft President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election successful August 2020.

Lukashenko denies this and has blamed the westbound for what helium says is simply a looming humanitarian catastrophe this wintertime aft migrants were near stranded connected the Belarusian-Polish border.