24/03: 3 travelers lost near the Evros river, violent push back to Turkey

<b>Watch
The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 24th of March 2021</b>
<i>Case
name</i>: 20210324-AEG755
<i>Situation</i>:
Three men lost near the Evros river in Greece, border guards and
police beat them up and steal …

<b>Watch The Med Alarm Phone Investigations – 24th of March 2021</b> <i>Case name</i>: 20210324-AEG755 <i>Situation</i>: Three men lost near the Evros river in Greece, border guards and police beat them up and steal they belongings, push back to Turkey. One of them gives a testimony. <i>Status of WTM Investigation</i>: Concluded <i>Place of Incident</i>: Aegean Sea <i>Summary of the case:</i> On the 24th of March 2021 at 15:51h CET, the Alarm Phone was called by a lady. She reported about three friends of hers who had crossed the border from Turkey to Greece. Shortly before her call, they had been discovered by the police on Greece territory and the contact to them had broken off. She reported that the last phone call with them had been „horrible“, the person on the phone had been crying, and there had been shouting in the background. The travelers had been hiding in the forest for four days. Since the contact was cut, she was worried. She passed us their last GPS location which was close to the Evros river, north of Soufli. We asked her to transfer us the names and phone numbers of the people. At 16:55h CET, we reached one of the phone number we had received. It turned out, we talked to the brother of one of the three men at the border. At 17:36h CET, we received their names from the brother. At 20:10h CET, we received a call from a third person who was in touch with the same group. At 22:10h CET, we spoke to the sister of this person. She had spoken to her brother and learned that the police had beaten them very hardly and stolen their belongings. Before that, they had tried to return to Turkey on their own, but the Turkish military had shot at them at the border. In the end, they had been pushed back to Turkey. On the 26th, we got in touch with one of the travelers and received his testimony of the happenings: They had been promised wrong facts and had been left alone in the middle of the forest at the border. As they did not have orientation and were afraid of the border controls, they remained hiding and wanted to return to Turkey. On the water, when they tried to cross the river back to Turkey in a boat they had found and fixed, the Turkish border control fired warning shots at them and shouted they should go back. They denied them help and entry. The travelers had to remain at the border for three more days without food and only drinking the water from the river. Then, they were found by masked men. They pretended to be friendly to the travelers, but confiscated all their belongings and made them enter in a car, telling them that nobody would harm them. They brought them to a police station, where they were being beaten several times and imprisoned. From there, again, they were brought to another place, they did not get back their belongings, but even their clothes were taken away from them, and they were moved across the river back to Turkey, while the involved border guards did not even spare the women or children from very bad treatment.

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