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After the heavy rain on Monday night, illegal migrants that are placed at Rudninkų training ground started unrest.
Migrants crisis: unrest starts at Rudninku training ground
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The unrest started after the worsened conditions of tents they are staying in due to the heavy rain. After the night illegal migrants started to demand freedom and human rights.

„After the heavy rain at night, migrants were unhappy and said that their tents got wet. The tents had to be shaken from rain, fixed a bit and dried. Migrants were not happy with that and started disturbances“, Lina Laurinaityte-Grigiene, the spoke person of the Interior Minister said.

On Monday afternoon, some migrants gathered at the entrance fence, blocked it and shouted demanding freedom. Some migrants were complaining that they live in bad conditions and do not get proper medical care.


Police forces were gathered to the area and used tear gas to enter the Rudninkai training ground.

Several hundred illegal migrants are placed at Rudninku training ground at the moment. According to the plan 800 illegal migrants should be placed there.

This year so far, almost 4,000 people have been caught in Lithuania after illegally crossing into the country from Belarus, compared to 81 in the whole of 2020.

Lithuania has declared a state-level extreme situation over the migration influx which it says is being orchestrated by the Belarusian regime.

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