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Greece

2020

19

Oct

Greece fortifies border security against refugees

Greece installed two electronic devices that can produce strong sound waves that cause deafness in the area bordering Turkey to prevent possible refugee waves entering the country. Two Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) that can also cause severe pain and serious health problems to those who are exposed to it were delivered to police responsible […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT HABER , AA

14

Oct

Greece to use soundwave guns near Turkish border to prevent migrant crossings

Greece is setting up controversial soundwave guns near the border with Turkey to prevent migrant crossings, reports said Wednesday. The country is planning to use long rand acoustic devices (LRADs) near Alexandroupoli (Dedeağaç) across from Edirne province along the Maritsa River to dissuade crowds of migrants from crossing the border into Greece on foot or […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT HABER , DS

03

Sep

Turkish journalists on Greek island Kastellorizo threatened by anti-Turkey website

Turkish reporters working for Anadolu Agency (AA) who recently traveled to the Greek island of Kastellorizo (Megisti-Meis) to cover recent developments there received threats from an anti-Turkish website that had obtained their passport information from authorities. AA’s Athens Representative Tevfik Durul and photojournalist Ayhan Mehmet flew from the Greek capital to Rhodes and reached the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , DS

17

Aug

Greece secretly sent away more than 1,000 migrants, abandoning them on the open sea

At least 1,072 migrants were sailed to the edge of Greece’s water territory on inflatable life rafts and abandoned by Greek authorities, The New York Times reported. The Times analysed evidence from multiple sources, including academic researchers, the Turkish Coast Guard, and independent watchdogs groups. They found that there were at least 31 different incidents of these […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT HABER , BI

14

Aug

Turks in Greece still being denied their rights

For decades, the Turkish minority in Greece has faced government-imposed hurdles to exercising its fundamental rights on education, religious affairs, and the recognition of its ethnic identity. Greece’s Western Thrace region – in the country’s northeast, near the Turkish border – is home to a substantial, long-established Muslim Turkish minority numbering around 150,000. Several recent […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , AA

28

Jul

Greece: Transforming Hagia Sophia into a mosque provocation to the whole world

Greek Government Spokesperson Stelios Pecas said that the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a ‘provocation’ not only for Greeks and Christians but also for the entire Western and civilized worlds. Peças, “Hagia Sophia to be converted to a mosque on Friday and held there shows not only the Greeks and all Christians, […]

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Country: Greece
Source: SPUTNIK , MBC

17

Jul

Human Rights Watch Says Greece Pushed Back Refugees, Migrants

Greek law enforcement officers are returning refugees and migrants on the border with Turkey during the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, joining other critics who complained despite Greece rejecting the reports. The officers in some cases used violence against asylum seekers, including some who were deep inside Greek territory, and often confiscated and […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , The National Herald

10

Jul

Greek culture minister says Hagia Sophia verdict a ‘provocation’

Greece’s culture ministry said on Friday a Turkish court verdict which could convert the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul to a mosque was an “open provocation” to the civilized world. “Today’s decision, which came as a result of the political will of President (Tayyip) Erdogan, is an open provocation to the civilized world which recognises […]

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Country: Greece
Source: BBC , Ekathimerini

07

Jul

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their position regarding several media and civil society reports which indicate that […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , ES

06

Jul

‘High probability’ Greek soldiers killed Syrian man at Turkish border, report finds

Greece and the EU are facing calls to probe the death of a Syrian man at the Turkish border after a research report concluded it was “highly probable” he was shot by Greek soldiers. Mohammed al-Arab, a 22-year-old from Aleppo, was killed in March as he joined thousands of others in attempting to enter Greece […]

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Country: Greece
Source: FT , FT