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    Citizens to Decide Fate of Border Barrier in Upcoming Polish Referendum, Says Błaszczak

    Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has announced a fourth pivotal question for the upcoming referendum. On October 15, citizens will be tasked with making a crucial decision regarding the removal of the barrier on the border between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Belarus. This decision, as Błaszczak emphasized, will determine the fate of the nation’s border security.

    National Security and Citizen Empowerment: Błaszczak’s Call Amidst Growing Threats

    Błaszczak’s stance is clear: fundamental matters that pertain to national security should be entrusted to the citizens. The Minister stressed the urgency of the situation by highlighting the perceived threat from Russia and President Vladimir Putin. “Poland may become Putin’s next target,” he warned, “and our security is under real threat.” He reiterated the government’s commitment to reinforcing the Polish Army and constructing a barrier along the border with Belarus and Russia to ensure the nation’s protection.

    Pointing to a history of policy decisions, Błaszczak criticized former Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his cabinet for their past actions. He accused them of dismantling military units in the east of Poland, criticizing the construction of the border barrier, and subsequently proposing its removal. Błaszczak vehemently emphasized that Poland would not be rendered defenceless against growing Russian aggression.

    The core question to be posed to the Polish public is direct: “Do you support the removal of the barrier on the border between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Belarus?” This query will allow citizens to determine whether the nation’s border will continue to be consistently defended and secure.

    Guarding Borders: The Genesis of Poland’s Barrier and the Landscape of Political Debate

    The historical context of the barrier’s creation is also important. In 2021, the Polish Sejm passed legislation for the construction of a border barrier with Belarus. This barrier was completed in 2022 and is designed to prevent the unauthorized influx of migrants. Complementing the physical barrier is an advanced electronic surveillance system, employing cameras and sensors to bolster border security.

    However, there are opposing voices in the political arena. Lawmakers from the Civic Coalition, the Left, and Poland 2050, among others, contested the legislation during the Sejm’s discussions. These dissenting voices underscore the diverse range of opinions within the Polish political landscape.

    Decisive Choices: Polish Referendum’s Impact on National Direction and Political Landscape

    This referendum forms part of a broader set of questions to be presented to the Polish electorate. Jarosław Kaczyński, President of the Law and Justice party, announced the first question regarding the sell-off of state-owned enterprises. Beata Szydło, the party’s vice-president and former Prime Minister, posed the second question, addressing the potential raise in retirement age. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki unveiled the third question, centred around the acceptance of illegal immigrants according to a European bureaucracy-imposed relocation mechanism.

    Scheduled in tandem with parliamentary elections on October 15, the referendum will offer Polish citizens a chance to voice their opinions on matters crucial to the nation’s future.

    In anticipation of the forthcoming referendum and its associated parliamentary proceedings, the Sejm is scheduled to hold a two-day session on August 16 and 17. Within this assembly, the deliberation regarding a nationwide referendum will prominently feature. The outcome of this decision, expected in October, will undoubtedly mould Poland’s positions on matters of security, migration, and other pressing concerns for the foreseeable future.


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