A group of illegal migrants was discovered by villagers in Turkey’s northwestern Edirne province in a run-down and naked state, saying that they were beaten up and stripped of their clothes and belongings by the Greek police.
Daily Sabah (h/t Mano) The illegal alien migrants including Yemeni and Palestinian nationals were found late Monday while walking in open fields by locals of Kiremitçi Salih village in Uzunköprü district on the eastern bank of the Maritsa River forming the border between Turkey and Greece.
Village headman Zeki Ateş told the Demirören News Agency that all migrants had visible signs of battery on their backs and all over their bodies. “When we asked them what happened, they told us that the Greek police beat them up,” Ateş said.
The incident was the latest string of events involving migrants and Greek and Bulgarian soldiers and police officers, who have been accused of “pushing back” migrants on the border.
Similar incidents have also taken place on the Aegean, in which illegal Muslim migrants and Turkish locals accused the Greek coast guard of deflating the boats or re-routing them back to Turkish territorial waters.
“Pushback” is an illegal practice under international conventions, and Greece has never acknowledged whether its security forces were involved in pushing back the migrants or not. Turkish media outlets say Greece pushed back some 4,000 illegal migrants last year.
Based on the accounts of the illegally deported migrants, Greek police officers are also accused of confiscating migrants’ valuable possessions and torturing them.
More than 10,000 illegal Muslim migrants have been stranded at the Greek border outpost of Idomeni since February after a cascade of border shutdowns across the Balkans closed off their route to central and western Europe.