Irregular migrants cross the river Evros. Without a boat, holding a rope, they cross -swimming- the river from the Turkish side to the opposite bank, in Greek territory, at the height of the villages of Amorio and Lavara. The Turkish military guards are there, next to them and help them to enter Greek territory. As OPEN reveals in a video document, men of the Turkish military gendarmerie, not only lead them to the banks of the river, but urge them, giving them instructions, to cross into Greece.
Document from Evros: How Turkish military guards promote migrants to Greece
“Every day we witness incidents where smugglers and military guards are together and try to push into our country from special points where access is even easier”, notes the general secretary of the Union of Border Guards of Evros, Dimitris Derventlis.
Migrants let out cries of anguish as they try to swim in the waters of the Evros, a difficult and dangerous undertaking. The Turkish military guards are calmly carrying out the organized plan to push as many immigrants as they can to the Greek side.
“The biggest problem at the moment is the stopping of the river Evros. It allows migrants to pass without needing a boat, or any other help from anywhere. In addition to the fact that the neighboring country uses this as a tool for its own interests”, underlines the mayor of Didymoteicho, Romylos Hatzigiannoglou.
The Greek authorities remain on heightened alert, using the “Akritas” operational plan. The unabated immigration pressure is also reflected in the numbers, since every day soldiers and border guards succeed in preventing 1500 irregular immigrants at the border of Evros.
The residents of Evros are particularly worried, seeing the instrumentalization of immigration by Turkey, with the exploitation of persecuted people, creating problems in their daily lives. They demand the immediate recruitment of 240 new border guards, but the extension of the dam in the Central Evros that the government has explained, measures that they believe will contribute effectively to prevent migration flows.
The Caravan gathers people undisturbed
At the same time, according to the report of Mina Karamitrou for the main news bulletin of OPEN, the organizers of the caravan, the organizations that invite thousands of migrants online to cross the Evros in Greece, seem to be completely consistent with what they write on the pages them on social media.
As they had said in the previous 24 hours to those interested in participating, until this morning when they gave the exact point where they should gather, which they did after, through a post on social media, they showed a village about 20 kilometers away from Andrianoupoli, sending them , in fact, and the dot on the map so they don’t get lost.
The posting of the organizers of the caravan In informing the participants about what they should have with them, as well as about the presence of doctors in the caravan which, in fact, will be escorted by journalists and the media.
On their page, today, they also uploaded a video, apparently in an attempt to convince and encourage anyone who thinks that they can come. video we see that the stakeholders have already started to gather. All these signs clearly indicate that something is happening in the area, and that the organizers are not giving up. The Greek authorities remain vigilant and monitor the movements in the area very carefully.
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