Ukrainian drivers blocked roads in Poland in protest against border ban. Photo and video
On Tuesday, November 28, in response to the ban of the border by Polish carriers, Ukrainians organized spontaneous road blockades in Polish cities. As a result, huge traffic jams formed in Przemyśl and at the entrance to the border town of Medyka.
This was reported by RMF24. The Polish radio station's hotline received messages from listeners about the protest of Ukrainian drivers all day long.
"I am currently on the way from Przemyśl to Medyka. Ukrainian drivers are protesting, they have blocked two crossings," one of the phone messages reads.
"They are walking on the pedestrian crossings, so if you can, please avoid this section of the road," another caller said.
One such protest by Ukrainians took place at the Lech Kaczyński roundabout in Przemyśl. This is the eastern outskirts of the city. State road No. 28, which leads to the border crossing in Medyka, passes there.
The police in Przemyśl reported that a group of about 30 people occasionally - for several minutes or longer - entered pedestrian crossings, blocking traffic.
The protest in Medyka followed the same scenario.
Polish activist Marcin Osowski posted a video from the Przemyśl-Medica 28 highway.
"In response to the carriers' strike, Ukrainians organized a spontaneous road blockade on the Polish side. Residents of Przemyśl complain of significant difficulties. We need urgent negotiations between representatives of our countries," the activist commented.
As a reminder, Polish truck drivers have been blocking crossings on the border with Ukraine since November 6. According to Mykola Solskyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the blockade was organized not by the Polish government but by "a specific association and a small number of carriers." Ukrainian carriers confirm that the border blockade was supported by only one association of Polish carriers, which had previously been actively working with Russia.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, blackmail by the Polish far right on the border of Ukraine is becoming increasingly acute. Since November 27, Polish protesters have once again expanded their protest action: now the Medyka-Szeginie checkpoint is blocked around the clock. In total, some drivers at the border have been stuck in traffic jams for many kilometers for two weeks.