Interview with Msgr. Grušas on Crisis at the Belarusian-EU border

L’Agenzia S.I.R., Italy. Nov.11, 2021. Interview with Msgr. Grušas (CCEE): “Migrants used as human shields. This is a hybrid attack on border integrity”

“They are not just migrants and refugees. They are persons used instrumentally by a governing regime. Trafficked for political purposes and used as human shields for political gains, and to destabilise the situation at the EU borders. This type of activity is known as a hybrid attack, because it uses non-traditional weapons (trafficking in persons, disinformation and other means) to orchestrate attacks on the integrity of other countries’ borders.” Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, new president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, denounced the ongoing crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border, where thousands of migrants are gathered. “It is a new form of human trafficking,” he added, exploited “not for personal financial advantage, but for political gains in an attempt to perpetuate an authoritarian regime.”

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