Turkey deploys police at border to keep migrants from being pushed back toward Turkey

Turkey deploys police at border to keep migrants from being pushed back toward Turkey
Migrants in skirmish with Greek police, Apr 2019. VOA video, YouTube

[Ed. – So this situation is going in a really bad direction.  Greece is no doubt willing to keep using force to prevent the migrants’ entry.  Blaming Greece is wrong-headed; what Greece is already having to absorb in terms of disruption to daily communal life for millions is nightmarish.  Is the EU willing to do something about this other than put more pressure on Greece?  Turkey is probably betting not.  Whatever else the migrants may be, meanwhile, they’re mostly unarmed, at least in terms of firearms.  Presumably, when they throw rocks, it will continue to be at Greeks.]

Turkey is deploying 1,000 special police forces along its border with Greece on Thursday to halt the pushback of migrants towards its territory, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, adding that 164 migrants had been wounded by Greek authorities.

Soylu’s comments come amid a war of words between Ankara and Athens following Turkey’s decision to no longer abide by a 2016 deal with the European Union to halt illegal migration flows to Europe in return for billions of euros in aid.

Since then, thousands of migrants have rushed to the Turkish border with Greece in hopes of crossing into Europe. Ankara has accused Greek authorities of shooting dead and injuring migrants near the border. Athens has rejected this, saying Turkish police were helping migrants cross the border illegally.

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