New tensions broke out on Saturday evening near Kastanies, the town on the Greek-Turkish border in Evros.
Following a few hours of peace and quiet, chemicals were thrown onto Greek soil from the Turkish side of the border fence, and people gathered at the border post attempted to cut the wire fence there, which is the only thing protecting Greek territory there at the moment.
Strenghened Greek police forces remain in the area and are responding to these attacks with chemicals and water, preventing any mass attempt to breach the country’s borders.
MEPs Call on EU Commission to Assist Greece, Stop Turkey’s Blackmail
A total of 57 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), coming from four different political groups, asked the European Commission to take immediate action to bring a lasting solution to the crisis on the Greek-Turkish border.
The MEPs belong to the Socialists and Democrats, the Liberals of the ”Renew Europe” party, and the Greens as well as the party of the European Left.
In their letter, they said that “Turkey should immediately stop using the people fleeing the war as a means of geopolitical pressure on Greece and Europe as a whole. Greece cannot and must not handle this situation on its own.”
Eπιστολή 57 ΕB από 4 πολιτ. ομάδες (@TheProgressives, @GreensEFA, @GUENGL, @RenewEurope) προς @eucopresident, @MargSchinas & @YlvaJohansson για άμεση ανάληψη δράσης από τους θεσμούς, προκειμένου να δοθεί βιώσιμη λύση στην κρίση που έχει ξεσπάσει στα ελληνοτουρκικά σύνορα. ⬇️
— Kostas Arvanitis (@kostarvanitis) March 7, 2020
Municipality of Sintiki Agrees to Host Migrant Camp
Central Macedonia’s municipality of Sintiki, where the town of Sidirocastro is located, agreed recently to host a new migrant camp on its territory.
The local council took this decision unanimously, something not seen very often in Greek politics in these times.
The new camp will host only immigrants who entered Greece illegally after March 1, 2020.