Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Greek security forces of behaving like Nazis for employing power against migrants and refugees attempting to cross the borders from Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © Burhan Ozbilici

On February 27th the Turkish foreign minister recommended that migrants and refugees would shortly come back to the border as the two nations rose out of coronavirus lockdowns. “Due to the pandemic, the movement of migrants has slowed down. But they will want to leave after the outbreak is over ” stated by the foreign minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, speaking to a local television station in Antalya.  The Turkish government also stated that the border might be opened for the refugees once the corona pandemic eased.

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Since the declaration, a huge number of people have endeavored to get into Greece. Rather than giving them access, Greek security powers have utilized tear gas and water guns to prevent people from entering. Athens has likewise suspended asylum applications for a month and said it prevented over 42,000 people from unlawfully entering the EU in recent weeks.

In the Turkish parliament, Erdogan showed his ruling AK Party video footage of scenes at the Greek border. “There is no difference between those images on the Greek border and what the Nazis did. Opening fire on innocent people, exposing them to all kinds of inhumane treatment It is barbarism in the full sense of the word”, he stated. 

In reacting to Erdogan’s remark, Greek government representative Stelios Petsas condemned Holocaust correlation. Of course, the best answer to such ramblings is the same answer that the central Israeli council gave, that this situation has nothing whatsoever to do with the Holocaust. And to avoid such comparisons, even if it is being done for domestic communication needs by any country. We tell everyone that they shouldn’t attempt to get in through the window. There is a door. Whoever is entitled to protection should knock on that door and be entitled to protection based on international law”, the Greece government spokesman stated.  There was no immediate comment by the Turkish government on this incident.

Greek authorities fired tear gas and stun grenades to repulse a push by migrants to cross its land border from Turkey. © Emrah Gurel

Between March 7 and 9, New York-based group Human Rights Watch has talked with 21 asylum seekers and refugees, 17 of them were men and 4 were ladies, in Turkey about how they attempted to enter Greece over the land border following the Turkish government’s declaration that it would no longer stop asylum seekers and migrants from leaving Turkey to arrive at the European Union. Those interviewed along with the other migrant have headed out to Turkey’s Pazarkule border gate on the Greece-Turkey border and to the Evros river, which shapes a specific border among Turkey and Greece, toward the south of Pazarkule. Eight of the interviewees said Turkish police moved them to border towns and instructed them to cross into Greece.

Turkey right now has 3.6 million refugees from the civil war in neighboring country Syria. The nation likewise holds up for the appearance of additional as the battle in Syria drags on.

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