Ankara, Turkey – Greece’s foil has been revealed! Greece is doing the dirty work for the European Union and everyone is missing their eyes.
Dutch television channel NOS uncovered the foil of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who claimed that reports that” Greece tormented the migrants and confiscated their belongings and money and left them in unsafe boats at sea ” were not true. “Greece is doing the dirty work for the European Union and everyone is missing their eyes,” the report said, citing the European Union’s failure to react to Greece.
Dutch television channel NOS uncovered the foil of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who claimed that reports that” Greece tormented the migrants and confiscated their belongings and money and left them in unsafe boats at sea ” were not true.
Migrants being left for dead
“Migrants were collected from Greek territory and thrown into the Sea”, prepared by the Channel’s Turkey correspondent Mitra Nazar, showed images of migrants who were tortured by Greece and confiscated all their belongings and money, left to die in boats with their engines destroyed and punctured.
Migrants rescued by the Turkish coastguard described how they were “treated like animals” by “masked men who did not shy away from violence” on the Greek side.
It is worrying that the European Union and member states remain silent on Greece on this issue, the report said, adding that this silence could be explained by “Greece doing the dirty work for the EU.”
Dutch television channel NOS reported:
Migrants who reached the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos say they were arrested and thrown back into the sea in inflatable boats. These so-called “kickbacks” are against international law. Charities are also increasing their warnings about this.
Videos and photos taken by the migrants themselves show them being pushed by boats with masked men on top of the rafts. Others say their boots were blown up or their engines destroyed.
Greece esclalates violance at sea
Reprisals are not new; they have been happening for years, especially on the land border between Greece and Turkey. But Natalie Gruber, of the aid organisation Josoor, says repatriations have increased significantly since April this year, as has the violence used at sea. “Inflatable boots are a new trend. People caught at sea are being put on them, but now more and more people are on the islands. They are taken back to sea and left there without registration.”
Turkish coast guard rescues
Turkish Coast Guard officials say this happens almost every day. Reporter Mitra Nazar joined the Coast Guard for two days to show what happened here. He also spoke to Sumaya, a 19-year-old Somali who was rescued from an inflatable boat by the Turkish Coast Guard at the maritime border between Greece and Turkey last week along with sixteen Somalis.
Sumaya says they arrived in Lesbos a day earlier through smugglers, and were brought ashore, possibly on the north side of the island, for several hours. Sumaya, who left Somalia earlier this year because she did not see a future for herself, said: “we thought they were police. We’re not sure, their faces were completely masked. Maybe it was the army,” he said.
In Greece, they beat us, they pretended we were animals, they took our things, our money
Sumaya said he was taken out to sea in a van and put on a boat. “They beat us, men, women, they didn’t care. They treated us like animals. They took all our stuff, phones, money, clothes. Then they took us to the sea.”Sumaya says that the inflatable boat appeared at this point, they were put on them and then left in the open sea.
Sumaya’s story is consistent with statements made by other migrants, reported by New York Times journalists and various charities documenting the reprisals.
Amjad, a Palestinian in Turkey, also describes how his boat was towed and shows the footage he took at the time.
Greece’s attitude is alarming; they ignore international agreements, endanger people’s lives
Gruber, of the charity Josoor, finds this alarming. “Repulses are always illegal. If we take international law seriously, all the agreements we have signed as Europe to give people the right to apply for asylum, these should never happen. And with these methods, people are in danger at sea.”
Masked men who are not afraid of violance on the Greek side
It is not certain that the masked men mentioned by Sumaya and other migrants were working on behalf of the Greek coast guard. For years, they have been appearing on the border between Greece and Turkey. Masked men who are not afraid of violence. Investigative reporters from Bellingcat and Lighthouse reports reviewed the photos and videos in which they could be seen. They found evidence that their boat was a brand that the Greek Coast Guard also bought.
The EU is silent on Greece because Greece is doing the dirty work for the EU
The Greek government denies any involvement in the pushback. Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis recently suggested in an interview with CNN that “the allegations are not true and are Turkish propaganda to make Greece look bad.” But human rights groups, including Greeks, have been reporting reprisals for years. Eva Cossé of human rights watch, a human rights organization in Athens, says there is no longer any doubt that these are on a large scale. He is concerned that the European Union will remain silent on this issue. He added: “the EU and member states have been silent on the backstop for years. There is an explanation for this: repulses solve a problem for Europe. Greece is doing the dirty work for the European Union and everyone is missing their eyes.”
Evidence of Greece pushing migrant boats into Turkish waters
Greece’s Maritime Ministry recently announced at a press conference that Greece prevented 3 thousand people from reaching the country in August. He did not comment on how Greece did so. Human rights groups see it as additional evidence that Greece is actively pushing boats back into Turkish waters.
Greek authorities do not respond to questions
Sumaya and her group, like many others, were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard unit. They were taken from the sea and recorded in Turkey. Sumaya’s hope for a new and safe life in Germany ends here for now. In a gentle way “it was all just a dream. I’ll never get there.”he says.
Greek authorities did not respond to questions from the NOS.