Policemen in Greece expels refugees from the frontier

Turkey deploys 1,000 policemen to prevent Greece from sending back refugees

Greece has tried to return almost 5,000 people back to Turkey. Ankara will take Athens to the European Court of Human Rights for the inhuman treatment of refugees.

Turkey has begun deploying 1,000 police special forces along its border with Greece to prevent this country from continuing sending back the refugees that cross into its territory, confirmed on Thursday Turkish minister of Interior, Süleyman Soylu, who also denounced the excessive use of force by the Greek police.

In statements made to journalists precisely from the border with Greece in the Turkish province of Edirne, Soylu – who was applauded by the refugees there while they were shouting “Turkey, Turkey!” – denounced that the excessive response given by the Greek forces watching the border has caused in just a few days more than 164 wounded, which have had to be treated in hospitals in Turkey.

“They have injured 164 people. They have tried to return 4,900 people to Turkey … We are deploying 1,000 police from special forces along the border … to avoid returns,” said the minister, who estimated that since last week about 140,000 refugees have left Turkey to cross into Europe, mainly across the border with Greece.

Turkey will bring Greece to the European Court of Human Rights

Just one day earlier, Soylu had announced that Turkey was preparing a lawsuit before the European Court of Human Rights against Greece for the treatment given to refugees and migrants, and noted that to date the European Union has not made any concrete proposal to Ankara to solve the current crisis. The lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the relatives of two refugees who died from the actions of the Greek forces.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with EU President Charles Michel to address the current crisis unleashed by the massive arrival of refugees to the borders of Europe, after Erdoğan himself announced days before that Turkey no longer will close the doors to refugees going to Europe.

However, according to the spokesman of the Presidency of Turkey, İbrahim Kalın, the meeting concluded “without any concrete proposal” by the top representative of the 27. Kalın also criticised the “double standards of the European Union” , which “can mobilise hundreds of millions of euros in a few days to help Greece, but that uses the bureaucracy as an excuse with Turkey (to not give money).”

On Sunday, the government of Greece requested urgent help from the EU in order to secure its border when thousands of refugees arrived, and Athens also announced that it suspended asylum applications for a month, a measure that Turkey’s Interior Minister denounced as completely illegal according to international laws, including the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, and the EU asylum law, too.