By Jason Ditz in the USA:
150 Syrian Refugees ‘Disappear’ From Greek Village in Police Crackdown
Locals Fear Police Forced Refugees Back to Turkey
December 24, 2013
Locals and human rights activists are up in arms today in the remote Greek village of Praggi, where some 150 Syrian refugees who were living in the courtyard of the local church have mysteriously “disappeared.”
The only clue about what happened is that white police vans were seen moving toward the church. After that, all the Syrians were simply gone.
Greek police have been very open about their desire to make life “unbearable” for refugees to convince them to flee somewhere else, but they’ve so far been mum on the Praggi refugees. It is believed they were forced back across the border into Turkey.
In a questionable bid to persuade the Syrian war refugees camped in Syntagma Square opposite parliament demanding documents so they can travel to other EU countries, the interior ministry distributed a leaflet last week, urging them to give up their peaceful protest and apply for asylum as their only legal option: here.
- Greece to Syrian refugees: Don’t get too comfortable (csmonitor.com)
- Greek border police illegally deporting Syrian refugees (irishtimes.com)
- Syrian (?) refugees drown in Greece again (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)