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Refugees are stripped and beaten by Greek border police

Asylum seekers speak from the no man's land between Turkey's Edirne and Greece's Kastanies, detailing the physical abuse and humiliation dealt by Greek border officials.

Refugees informed TRT World that some of them were tortured and stripped of their clothes and possessions by Greek border police, who detained them as they were trying to enter Greece.

Bearing scars on their backs, the refugees told of how the Greek authorities forced them back to no man’s land in the cold, and almost naked.

TRT World disclosed that it spoke to at least 20 to 30 people in March, stating that they were intercepted by Greece security officials while trying to cross into Kastanies, Greece. It also revealed that there were children among the refugees who were sent back to the freezing cold.

Images documenting their injuries were taken on March 5.

Refugees at Turkey’s Uzunkopru in Edirne gather around the fire to keep warm after Greek officials stripped them of their clothes and belongings as they attempted to cross into Greece from Turkey. March 5, 2020. (Belal Khaled / TRT Arabi) (Belal Khaled / TRT ARABI)
Refugees wash their wounds before rushing towards wood fires to heat themselves up after Greek border police stripped them of their clothes and beat them up before pushing them towards the Turkish side of no man’s land at the Edirne-Kastanies border in Uzunkopru in Edirne. March 5, 2020. (Belal Khaled / TRT Arabi) (Belal Khaled / TRT ARABI)

“We entered Greece and were captured by Greek soldiers and commandos,” a Syrian refugee said.

“They stripped us naked and took our bags and money. They used plastic rods to beat Afghan women. Europeans always claimed they respect human rights. Where are the human rights here?”

A second Syrian refugee accused Greek border guards of violence against both men, and women, saying “they showed us no mercy”.

“They beat women and men and stripped them naked to search them. And they claim that Greece is a country that respects human rights.”

More than 10,000 migrants mostly from Syria and Afghanistan have gathered at the Greek border hoping to get to western Europe.

“They are shooting at us with grenades,” Fawzi, a Palestinian refugee using only one name, told TRT World.

“Look, it’s a gas grenade, the damage from this can be very high,” he said, pointing canisters.

Another refugee shared they were captured by Greek soldiers and commandos after entering Greece.

“They stripped us naked and took our bags and money. They used plastic rods to beat Afghan women,” he said.

“Europeans always claimed that they respect human rights. Where are the human rights here?

Look at what they’ve done to us. They took our clothes.

Look at what we’re wearing.”

A young man wears a thin plastic vest after losing his cloth to the Greek authorities who have sent them back to Turkey without their belongings. (Belal Khaled / TRT Arabi) ()

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