Greece declares an emergency at the borders
In response to Turkey move to allow the migrants to pursue the EU
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has declared a state of emergency at the borders tonight. Thousands of people are gathering at the border between Turkey and Greece, following the news that Turkey will let migrants through to the European Union. For the second day in a row, the Greek border police arrested people who wanted to cross the border. Greece has announced that it will not accept new asylum applications for a month.
It is unclear whether people have actually crossed the borders. The Turkish government reported earlier today that it had allowed tens of thousands of immigrants from Syria to Europe and that 18,000 people actually crossed the border, but that number is denied by all other parties. The United Nations holds that an estimated 13,000 people had gathered at the land border between Turkey and Greece last night, divided into groups from a few dozen to more than 3,000.
The Greek police today used tear gas against a group of 500 people who threw stones while trying to cross the border. Exactly how many arrests have been made is unknown, yesterday 66 people were arrested. The country has tightened border controls. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, according to the Greek Deputy Minister of Defense Alkiviadis Stefanis, 9600 attempts were prevented from entering Turkey illegally from Turkey. Migrants try to make holes in the fences at the border, trying to crawl through them. Despite the bad weather, 220 migrants today managed to land with boats on the Greek island of Lesbos.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will take a personal look at the Turkish-Greek border on Tuesday. He announced through Twitter on Sunday that he will go to the area with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as “support for Greek efforts to protect European borders.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has shared his concerns about the situation on the Greek-Turkish border with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“I have just shared my concerns and expressed full support for @PrimeministerGR because of the situation on the Greek-Turkish border. Agreements from the EU-Turkey Declaration must be fully complied with,” Rutte said on Twitter.
The flared war in Syria, in which Turkey is one of the warring parties, has led to a new stream of refugees. Many refugees are located near the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey cannot handle so many migrants.
In addition, President Erdogan hopes to move NATO’s borders to refugees to move NATO to help him in the bloody struggle in Syria. There, Turkey ended up in a dangerous conflict with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian ally Vladimir Putin.
Turkey is home to 3.5 million refugees, mostly Syrians. The EU pays the country for this, a package of a total of six billion euros. Gerald Knaus, who is seen as the originator of this Turkey deal, calls on the EU to talk to Erdogan about a new support package of six billion euros.
“This has to stop and point with fingers will not cause that,” Knaus writes on Twitter with a video of two cold-shaking girls in no man’s land between the Turkish and Greek borders.