A group of protesters blocked the road at the Koroszczyn border point, calling for a ban on trade with Russia and its ally Belarus.
FOX Business’ Ashley Webster reported on the protest from Koroszczyn where he noted on “Varney & Co.” that because Ukrainian anti-war activists blocked the entrance for trucks at the border of Poland and Belarus, traffic was backed up for 30 miles and included more than 1500 trucks on Tuesday.
He also reported that many of the demonstrators are displaced Ukrainian refugees and that the backup has been going for several weeks.
Webster noted that “tempers flared” earlier on Tuesday as angry drivers confronted the protesters.
Protesters reportedly argued that the trucks shouldn’t be allowed to cross the border because they will generate trade, which, in turn, will generate money for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The protestors also reportedly stressed that the trade route is a way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to circumvent sanctions and bring in goods through the freight lines and, therefore, it should not be allowed.
The United States and its Western allies have imposed crippling sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, which include those on Russian banks, oligarchs, and President Vladimir Putin himself. The Western sanctions are dealing a severe blow to Russia’s economy.
Webster reported that as of Tuesday, the trucks are allowed to cross the border, however, protesters are appealing to the European Union to cut off the trade route between Poland into Belarus and to Russia.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on the EU to halt all land and sea trade with Russia as he commented on the protest on Saturday.
Webster said he spoke with one Russian truck driver named Alexander, who was transporting a shipment of frozen potatoes. The driver said that he has nothing to do with the war, but is merely trying to make a living to support his family.
“It’s not for the war, it is only for our family,” he said, adding that “we [are] doing this work for people, not for Russia.”
The latest round of the protest, which has been on and off for about two weeks in eastern Poland, began early Saturday.
Early Sunday, about 950 trucks were waiting to cross into Belarus, according to a spokesman for the local tax office, who noted that the wait time was 32 hours.
Police were called to the scene as they separated protesters from the trucks and drivers, road infrastructure authorities said.
FOX Business’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.