Latvian-Belarusian border situation intensifies; damages found on fences

Latvian State Border Guard has found two cases when the recently established temporary fence on the Latvian-Belarusian border was damaged, as confirmed by the State Border Guard press-representative Kristīne Pētersone.
So far two cases have been uncovered when persons who planned to illegally cross the border had damaged the fence along the border. In both cases damages were fixed by border guards.
Without going into details, border guards report illegal entry of illegal immigrants to Latvia was prevented.
Provision State Agency’s press-representative Vendija Pikše-Kučma says the agency has yet to receive any detailed information about the damage to the fence from border guards.
When the fence was being put up, more than necessary was procured, forming reserves. This lets the State Border Guard perform repairs when necessary, explains Pikša-Kučma.
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As previously reported, placement of a temporary barbed wire fence on the Latvian-Belarusian border was completed at the end of November. A fence was set up along 37 km border area. There are plans to set up an additional fence along 22.8 km border area. Institutions also work to make sure a solid fence is established on the border as soon as possible.
The number of people attempting to cross the Latvian-Belarusian border has increased in the last couple of days.
On Monday, 13 December, Latvian State Border Guard prevented attempts of 56 people to cross the border. On Tuesday, 14 December, authorities prevented attempts of 86 people to illegally cross the border. Prior to then there were no more than 20-30 people attempting to cross the border every day.
On Wednesday, 15 December, commenting on these numbers at a meeting of Saeima’s Citizenship, Migration and Social Cohesion Committee, the chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts said
the situation has become more intense on the border.
Since 10 August, when Latvia declared a state of emergency on the Latvian-Belarusian border, authorities have prevented the entry of 3 058 illegal migrants to the country.