‘Athens vowed to turn back migrants coming in droves from Turkey announcing maximum “deterrence” at the border. Thousands are trying get into the EU after Ankara declared its border “open,” but were met with teargas.
For the second day in row the Greek border is besieged by thousands of migrants trying to get into the EU. While some braved the waters in small dinghies to land on Greek islands, large crowds gathered at the land border crossings – only to get turned away.
“When I heard that the borders opened, I have come from Afghanistan to Turkey. Turkey border is open but Greece borders are closed,” one of the migrant’s told RT’s Ruptly video agency.
Some migrants attempted to sneak in cutting through the border fence erected by Greece after the 2015 migrant crisis, while others were trying to force their way in. Footage from the scene shows the migrants trying to break through the border crossings, pelting Greek police with stones and setting objects on fire. The law enforcement repeatedly responded with tear gas.’
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