Lesvos and Chios: volunteers helping refugees arrested by police and Frontex, involvement of the International Rescue Committee

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Jan 31 2016 00:55

Some more on this here:

Refugee crisis: Council proposals on migrant smuggling would criminalise humanitarian assistance by civil society, local people and volunteers

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Greece: NGOs and volunteers have to "register" with the police

The Council proposals would criminalise NGOs, local people and volunteers while other EU plans would incorporate those who "register" into state structures.

The following is recorded in the Minutes of the UNHCR Coordinating meeting held in Mytilene, Lesvos on 21 January 2016

"Information was shared about the new coordination board being formed by the Greek government, to set out a new process for registration of NGOs and volunteers (including local NGOs and independent volunteers) on Lesvos (which will also be applicable to all islands in the Aegean).

Process will be as simple as possible for NGOs and volunteers, though more details will be required of those with specialized skills, such as medical personnel and lifeguards.

Launching of the process does not mean that current activities will be stalled; registration will be done simultaneously.

Confirmation of registration will be provided.

Details of each member of an NGO will need to be provided; there will be a procedure for short-term visitors as well. It will be possible to register members in advance."

Our contacts on the ground in Lesvos reported today that the police as yet do not have the "registration form" readily available yet.

The "registering" of all NGOs and volunteers is part of an EU led strategy to get them into the state coordination structure to stop volunteers, local people and NGOs from helping refugees when they land and to place them within EU-run structures - more commonly known as "hotspots".

This was spelt out in the European Commission Progress Report on the Implementation of the hotspots in Greece (pdf) in December and requires:

"a structured system for disembarkation at official disembarkation points as well as Appointed coordinators for the islands should be empowered by way of dedicated transportation to the hotspot areas should be established."

"And Terms of Reference to coordinate all relevant governmental and non-governmental players involved in the hotspot locations."

More detail of how the Greek state, at the behest of the EU, intends to register, evaluate, and control the work of NGOs and volunteers has emerged. This document in the Government Gazette - the Greek Republic, dated 28 January 2016 (pdf) says that a Committee will be set up with the purpose to register, classify and co-ordinate the NGOs operating on Lesvos. Para: 7.2 says that the work of that Committee will be:

"the registration, identification and certification of all NGOs and independent volunteers, that are active on Lesvos, with the purpose of contributing to solving the problem that have arisen by the migrant and refugee flows;

- the evaluation of NGOs in accordance with their statute and other documents that may be requested by the Committee;

- the contribution to organising their action on Lesvos in accordance with the needs that arise each time by the migrant and refugee flows. Their prior approval will be a necessary requirement for their inclusion in the Registry and the development of their work.;

- their classification on the basis of their action (space-wise and function-wise) and the services they provide, after their evaluation the continuous coordination and control of the action of the NGOs and independent volunteers the information with all appropriate means about the duty of NGOs to register and have their action approved"

The seemingly cooperative and voluntary process presented to the UNHCR meeting of NGOs in Mytilene is in stark contrast to registering, identification, "certification", evaluation and the "continuous coordination and control of the action of the NGOs and independent volunteers" set out above in the official Government Gazette.

Edit - Times report based on this:

'Tourists who help drowning migrants face prosecution'

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Jan 30 2016 21:12
Philippa Kempson wrote:
Last night the medical tent in Eftalou was attacked for the third time this week but this time they finished the job and burnt it to the ground!

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Jan 30 2016 22:54
DresdenBalkanKonvoi wrote:

#Chios: currently more than 3,000 people in camps - supplied by volunteers. EU, meanwhile, wasted money for Frontex.

The #Frontex border guards deal with it to harass volunteers. We will at least once searched and questioned per day.

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Jan 31 2016 00:56

Moria camp, the hopelessness of trying to work with the UNHCR and NGOs.

David Zorrakino wrote:

#UNCHR se niega a dar mantas con 500 de ellas en el almacén. Sus trabajadores dicen que lo dice el boss y no pueden perder el puesto.

Llegan mojados a Moria y estamos luchando literalmente por 30 mantas. @SamaritansPurse y #UNCHR alegan que tienen que recontar de nuevo.

@SamaritansPurse cierra la tienda de distribución porqué es la hora de cenar de los voluntarios a sueldo. ¿No importa más la gente mojada?

La trabajadora de #UNCHR sale a fuera de la carpa a decir 'We don't have more tents'. Hay 3 cajas llenas dentro.

Las grandes ONG's de Moria están más pendientes de los recuentos y las cifras que de las necesidades reales.

Si de alguna no puedo ir en contra es de mis principios. Abandono la tienda de distribución, no quiero formar parte de esto.

@DavidZorrakino Pero por qué? No comprendo nada

@RRTRPGGRL "Porqué lo dice el boss", literalmente. Ya estoy fuera.

@RRTRPGGRL No logro entenderlo. Dicen que son las normas.

'No hay lavadas de segunda mano y las nuevas no se pueden usar." Asín de claro.

Que no pueden desobedecer, que siguen las órdenes, que hay que recontar, que si las dan van a perder el sueldo. Están trabajando.

El periodista cuervo, el voluntario de chaleco y el samaritano de profesión. @SamaritansPurse

Y mientras la gente pasaba frío, mojada, temblando, mofándose de a ver quién llamaba al jefe. Esto es muy serio.

Pues nada. Que no hay más tiendas. Buenas noches, Moria.

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Jan 31 2016 10:13

Legal dehumanising: on the arrest of refugee solidarity activists

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Jan 31 2016 14:31
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47 #refugees saved off coast off #Chios island arrested by Greek police for not having valid travel papers http://www.seleo.gr/koinwnia/201993-diesosan-prosfyges-anoixta-tis-xiou-kai-meta-tous-
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Jan 31 2016 21:55

Video blog from Eric Kempson - the right wing in Molyvos, the main tourist town on Lesvos, trying to shut down the new Hope Centre, a previously disused hotel rented and set up by volunteers as a temporary transit point for refugees. See the previous videos on Eric Kempson's youtube channel for more on the Hope Centre.

Actually out of season refugees on the islands could perfectly well be housed in holiday accommodation rather then in tented camps (or out in the rain and snow if the camps are full). As it is hotel and room owners are prevented by law from taking in refugees before they've been registered, at which point they can get on a ferry to the mainland anyway. It's a measure of the Syriza government's failure that they couldn't even do anything to change this. And in this case at least the failure can't be put down to the EU or the economic crisis.

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Jan 31 2016 23:59

This story yet adds another aspect to a tangled tale of brutality from Greek state and European forces, and the abject surrender before this by Syriza.

As far as outright repression of the refugees goes, there are a number of actors here. We all know what the Greek police and coastguard can be capable of - their actions have been caught on film and an estimated 50% of their staff voted for Golden Dawn.

There is also Frontex (Europe's border police), and now the IRC too. The Turkish authorities are none too angelic either, yet within all these forces and despite their dominant authoritarian and hostile norms, a wide range of behaviour in individual incidents, and even on occasion humanity, has been observed.

But there is also a 'third force' who are utterly vile, and I wonder if anyone with knowledge can comment. These are clandestine pirates/commandos in speedboats who attack the refugees around the Greek island coasts from Lesvos to Rhodos. We only have survivors' tales to go on, plus a few ambiguous fragments on video, and although the reliability of witness statements needs to be questioned, they share enough similar features to form a distinctive pattern.

These actors are armed, masked and murderous, stopping at nothing to terrify and/or potentially kill refugees in their attempts to turn them back. Often they rob, and sometimes they deflate the refugee dinghies. They have been seen in close coordination with the Hellenic coastguard, yet on at least one occasion the latter intervened to stop them. Survivors speak of random national flags being flown, or none at all. A range of languages that these 'pirates' use are also reported, from Latvian to German or English. It is not entirely clear, but such attack craft seem to be launched from larger 'mother ships', again of unidentifiable origin.

You can find stories online about this phenomenon from The Huffington Post, RT, CNN, Sputnik News and Vice News in various media formats, and HRW commissioned a report, yet little deep research as to who the culprits are has been done. Refugees who travel this route all know these stories and/or have had direct experience. The theories as to who the pirates/commandos are as follows:

1) Criminal gangs (but why the uniform equipment, and the sophisticated organisation/back up?)
2) Greek nazi paramilitaries? (however, Golden Dawn is generally very weak on the islands)
3) The Hellenic coastguard's 'special forces' (but then why the medley of tongues?)
4) A new special forces wing of Frontex, or even multiple special forces
5) Mercenaries (Dyncorp etc) employed by agents unknown who want to keep a low profile
6) A mix of some or even all of the above?

What I'm really driving at is whether there's any connections between all these murky threads. It could be that the explanation is quite simple and 'straightforward' (but still an outrage), or it could be a can of worms that goes all the way to centres of power in Europe or even beyond. Just how far are the people in power who want to control the movements of populations prepared to go?

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Feb 1 2016 01:27

Azdak - you might want to look at the 2013 ProAsyl report on push backs, which tbh I've only skimmed through very quickly myself. The report describes the situation under the previous government and in theory this should have all changed. However the descriptions of coast guard special forces that I've quoted below do sound rather like the masked men disabling boats in reports from the last year. My assumption has been that the masked men are something to do with the Greek coast guard, or other armed forces (given Greek-Turkish relations there's a significant military presence on these islands), and have been operating without government authorisation but essentially continuing previous policies. This is conjecture though - it's not something I'm sure about. I haven't seen reports of them speaking languages other than Greek or English before and I don't have an explanation for this. I'm sceptical about direct Frontex involvement. After all why take part in something that's potentially so damaging for their image? But again I can't be certain.

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In the Aegean, in almost all cases, the officers involved in the push-back operations wore “black uniforms, carried guns and wore full face-covering masks”. In other cases, officers were “wearing blue uniforms”.
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The Hellenic Coastguard 53 is the competent authority for the policing of the Aegean Sea, and search and rescue operations within the area are its responsibility.54 To this end, the Coastguard’s elite forces ‘Special Mission Units’55 are assigned the task of tackling ‘illegal migration’ and controlling the sea borders56,
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55 | Art 136 Law 3079/2002 (Chapter III, Special Mission Units of the Hellenic Coastguard: Establishment, Organization, Staff) The Special Units Directorate consists of the Underwater Unit and the Special Missions Unit. The training, organization, function, means, equipment, as well as operational uniforms, its insignia and the choice of the Special Mission Unit staff are determined by a Regulation after a proposal drafted by the Head of the Hellenic Coastguard which is approved by the Ministry of Shipping and the Aegean excluding its publication to the Government Gazette. |
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‘The Greeks were wearing masks, and we could see only their mouths and their eyes.’ 64

'I tried to look at their faces and remember them, but when I lifted my head one of them immediately attacked me with his baton screaming: ‘Don’t look at me!’ They were dressed in black. One of them was shouting: ‘Don’t look at me!’ and making noise with his baton on the floor of the boat.’65

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A: ‘We were 50 persons from Syria and Eritrea. Among us there were four children and seven women. (...) Around 10 o’clock in the morning we were close to the island. Some meters away from us, was the Greek coastguard and they arrested us. It was a big vessel with a firearm on it of 12.7 mm. There were around 10 police officers on board. Two of them were wearing full-face masks. They told us to stop, to raise our hands up and not to move. They called and a second boat came. It was a smaller one, around 15mt long. On the second smaller boat all those who were on board, had their faces covered with full-face masks. The number of that boat was 84030. They used their arms (M4). They told us to get on the boat one by one and they hit each one with the gunpoint. They didn’t hit the women and the children.

They made us sit down, on the big boat. They took our clothes, our mobiles and threw them in the sea. They spoke among them. The first time they told us to put our hands behind our neck and then they turned our t-shirts over our heads. They didn’t do that to the women and the children. As we sat down they hit us again with the gunpoint. (...) They took everything, also the engine of the boat. There were two small paddles, which they also took. Someone from our group called the Turkish emergency number (...) We told them that the Greeks left us there. The Turkish coastguards came and took us offshore’.

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Feb 1 2016 11:06

'What is wrong with this picture? A quiz on Greece and the refugee crisis'

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Feb 1 2016 12:44

Thanks for posting all this information, Mark.

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Feb 1 2016 18:01

Thanks a lot for the reference on push backs, Mark, I will consult it and add it to my research.

Yes I agree that the evidence is very confusing and ambiguous. It is also clear that the Hellenic coastguard special forces are involved directly in some of the push backs (as they're called) but in other cases it's not clear at all. Certain tactics are common to all, as is the masking. However...

The ones I term 'commando/pirate' seem to be specifically carried out by boats smaller than the types used by Hellenic coastguard special forces. They seem to work with some kind of 'mother ship'. Insignia are either absent or of random/multiple nationality. Language too is polyglot - I've heard of German, English or Latvian being spoken - though this is of course impossible to verify. Weaponry is oddly uniform - either US made M4s or M16s in all cases. I checked out the Hellenic coastguard special forces, and from their videos they clearly use a mix of weapon manufacturers and countries of origin (German, Russian etc, as well as American).

In once recorded case, it was the Greek coastguard who intervened to save a sinking refugee boat from certain death at the hands of these commandos, and the interesting bit is that the latter 'waved a piece of paper at the coastguard vessel'. So what was this piece of paper - a letter of marque that informed the coastguard that they were to back off and that the masked men had higher authority? Luckily for the survivors, in this case the captain's humanity overruled his orders and the tactic didn't work.

In another case, in broad daylight, Turkish fishermen in the vicinity of a dingy and what turned out to be the mother ship, warned the refugees to 'keep away from the European boat'. An attack by small craft lowered into the water followed on from this.

The swaggering, brutal behaviour and unaccountability of the pirates/commandos recalls nothing more closely than the activities of the mercenary companies such as Blackwater and Dyncorp in Iraq during the 2000s.

Yes I agree it would be risky for Frontex to be too closely involved in such heinous activity, but if it was done by mercenaries... maybe not? Or maybe the authority of origin is not even Frontex as such, but someone else?

My theory remains speculative at present and I will keep my conclusions open. At this stage it seems certain that whoever is responsible, elements of the Hellenic coastguard are intimately involved, whether as sole perpetrators or as auxiliaries. What we need now is a whistle blower from the coastguard to step forward and confirm what's really going on one way or another.

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Feb 2 2016 16:33
Life on the ground in Lesvos wrote:

Things change here all the time. The most recent development is that FRONTEX (EU border control) are now rescuing most of the boats as soon as they reach Greek waters and then bringing them straight to the port. This is great news as regards safety for the second half of the crossing, however there are many reports of push backs by the Turkish coast guard which counters the good news.

We do also wonder that if the EU are really committed to saving people, why not just let them get on the 10 euro ferry and come over safely with the everyone else.
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David Zorrakino wrote:

Hoy, cero barcas en Skala Skamineas. La policía turca y la griega controlan por mar y aire la costa norte de #Lesvos.

Cuatro barcas rumbo Skala Skamineas están siendo interceptadas por #Frontex. Rescue Teams las traen vacías.

Es la segunda mañana con movimientos extraños. Se empiezan a hacer las transferencias en altamar antes del desembarque.

Los dingy's son interceptados por #Frontex con la ayuda obligada de los equipos de rescate. Los dirigen a Mytilene directamente.

De momento, sólo ha llegado una barca a las 8 de la mañana a The Chaple, zona 2. Las demás están en manos de Frontex.

Michael Räber wrote:

Greek coast guard & Frontex vessels rescue now all #refugeesGr on entering greek waters & bring them to ports. No beach landings south t/d.

@iwatnew What happen with refugees when they arrive port?

@victormsmadrid Same procedure as always when rescued by coastguard. Names are taken then transported by bus to registration camp Moria.

Two #refugeesGr boats landed on coast after midnight in north and northeast #Lesvos. Total 55 ppl. Not rescued by coastguard nor Frontex.

Since 2d coastguard rescues #refugeesGr reaching #Greece waters #Lesvos. Costly operation. Still no #safepassage.

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This morning, the 1st February 2016, Greek police with the support of some heavily-armed special-units, stormed the accommodation of a group of international refugee-supporters near the Greek-Macedonian border. The whole house, the buses around the house and all members of the house had to stand for full body searches. The pretext given was a drugs search. Nothing was found, except for a few pocket knifes.

"It's just absurd!" says one of the supporters, "We are cooking soup! It seems as if the criminalisation of supporters now comes from the islands to us."

The house is located near the border village of Idomeni, and has now been used for the past few months by international refugee-supporters. From here they support thousands of people who are on the passing through, serving warm food, tea and distributing clothes everyday.

There are between 600 to 3000 people arriving on the Greek-Macedonian border to the transit camp of Idomeni each day. The situation however is unstable. "Some of them are shortly "parked" in the transit camp at the border, while others have to wait for up to 30 hours at a gas station situated 20 km away from the border" tells one of the supporters. "Nobody tells them where they are exactly or how they can go on. We try to as best we can to spread information during the food delivery". An official delivery of food and tea to the gas station simply does not exist.

It is especially difficult for people who are not from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. They are not officially allowed to cross the border or enter the camp, which means that many camp in the woods around Idomeni. Often in order to cross the border they are dependent on smugglers and many of them become victims of police brutality and/or robberies. The independent volunteers are also active in trying to support illegalized persons on their journey with food, blankets and clothes.

While the situation on the Greek-Macedonian border remains a humanitarian catastrophe, the European Union continues to work further their inhuman asylum politics. They threatened Greece with an informal "Grexit" of the Schengen deal if the Greek government can not control the flow of refugees from the Turkish-Greek border, which for example the Interior Minister of Germany, de Maizière demands. Furthermore, reports on the 30th January 2016 from The Times London stated that the EU interior ministers who met in Amsterdam on January 27 2016 want to criminalise refugee-supporters as “smugglers”.

The almost immediate repression from the Greek police, reflects how Greece is absorbing the pressure and passing it along. Todays police action is therefore not really surprising. It just shows once again the monstrosity of excluding politics around fortress Europe, and the vehement and criminalising procedures against anybody who stands up for the freedom of movement and self-determination for everyone; irrespective of passport and origin.

In spite of everything today cooking in the Greek village near the border goes on. Especially as thousands of people are expected to arrive today.

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Feb 2 2016 17:21
Arwa Damon wrote:
#refugees & #migrants tired of waiting at #greece gas station start walk 2 border w/#macedonia
MSF Sea wrote:
UPDATE: After ferry & farmer strikes & delays at #Polykastro,1000s of #people have had enough & now walk to #Idomeni
Forgotten in Idomeni wrote:

HAPPENING NOW! Aprox 1000 people are walking on the main road heading to the border #Idomeni. Follow: https://www.facebook.com/forgotten.idomeni/

People walking to the border. Over 20kms. Sun is going down. What will happen when they get there?

People starting to take rests on the side of the road. Its nearly dark. Not sure how people will shelter for the night.

The border is currently closed. #idomeni camp is full and at the same time +1000 refugees are walking from #Polycastro on foot to Idomeni

3000 at the station. Volunteers are driving up and down the high way and monitoring the situation. It is a 5 hour walk to the border

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Feb 2 2016 17:59

Paul Mason - Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun

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Greece is not going to “push back or sink” inflatables containing refugees. However many compromises Alexis Tsipras’s government made over austerity, it is full of human rights lawyers, criminology professors and people who spent their lives fighting fascism. There is outrage at Europe’s demands inside the Greek political establishment, ranging well beyond the radical-left party Syriza and its small nationalist coalition partner.

I think this is largely true, and Paul Mason's report is a useful summary, but he could have made some mention of the conflicts going on between volunteers and the Greek authorities. It would be more helpful if the left didn't gloss over Syriza's part in this. At this point it seems problematic to me to be writing about the pressure being placed on Greece without also mentioning the internal repression.

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Feb 3 2016 00:40

Health and safety on Lesvos - cooking food for refugees has been banned outside licensed bars and restaurants.

David Zorrakino wrote:

Por "medidas sanitarias", a partir de hoy se prohíbe a los campos de refugiadas cocinar en ellos. A pan y agua.

Sólo será posible té, agua enbotellada, frutas con cáscara y bocadillos sencillos.

@DavidZorrakino Eso en el Norte o en el Sur? O en toda la isla?

@alitwittt En toda la isla. Sin licencia no es posible.

Servir comida sólo será posible si está cocinada en un bar o restaurante para poder distribuirla. Se suman las complicaciones.

La represión contra la solidaridad en #Lesvos es cada vez mayor. El transporte pasó a ser tráfico ilegal y la comida, insalubridad.

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Feb 2 2016 22:02
Forgotten in Idomeni wrote:
The situation in #Idomeni is tense. Now almost all people are here. Is 8000 people close to real number of people?
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They’re not letting more people enter into the camp #Idomeni. Must be 1500 inside max but 5000 outside. Many dont have shelter
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Feb 2 2016 23:08

Lesvos today - video blog from Eric Kempson. He sounds positive about the new coast guard policy of picking up refugees at sea.

Sea Watch wrote:

Lesbos update 2nd February 2016

For a few days now Hellenic Coastguard is operating a huge rescue vessel in the north of ‪#‎Lesbos‬. All refugees that are crossing for the island are transferred from their unsafe rubber boats to this ship and brought to land safely in cherishing cooperation with us and the other action forces.
The Greek Coastguard is in this way performing a first policy shift towards life saving measures.

Yet that does not make conditions human: Refugees are still drowning almost every day - in Turkish waters. The pact made with EU worth billions of Euros is clearly leaving marks on Turkey that is sabotaging and imposing sanctions on refugee traffic.

We are critically observing the situation in the Aegean.

However...

Faloulah wrote:
Greek military now in charge of #refugeecrisis response - that's in case you were wondering if things for #RefugeesGR could get any worse.
Asteris wrote:

Thanks to EU pressure, the civilian leadership isn't in charge of refugee crisis response anymore in Greece https://twitter.com/ekathimerini/status/694606897412861952

Having the military help w setting up infrastructure is one thing (and needed), having it *in charge* of the response is alarming.

Once again, srsly: these are the kind of developments people should be going "whoa! wtf!" over https://twitter.com/SteliosBouras1/status/694478932633096192

"Closed military zone," 2 weeks ago; we'll be seeing this a lot more often wrt to refugee centers in Greece https://twitter.com/filiopk/status/690558448799473665

A question about the situation at Idomeni...

Andrew Connelly wrote:
When this border closes, whose job will it be to move these people into camps in Greece? And to make them stay? https://twitter.com/zolinphoto/status/694642574548717569
Daphne Tolis wrote:
The army? For those waiting around the border crossing area and/or "military zone". @connellyandrew @zolinphoto
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Feb 3 2016 00:47
David Zorrakino wrote:
Autobuses y camiones de las fuerzas militares griegas se despliegan hoy en Mytilini, #Lesvos, para el control terrestre y aéreo de la isla.

'Buses and trucks of the Greek armed forces are spreading out today in Mytilene, Lesvos for ground and air control of the island.'

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Kathimerini - Greek military to oversee response to refugee crisis

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Feb 3 2016 11:50

Lesvos - the coast guard are picking up some but not all refugees at sea.

MSF Sea wrote:
UPDATE: Beautiful weather in #Lesvos means that 7 boats have so far arrived in the north of the island today.
Michael Räber wrote:

Lesvos southeast coast. Since 2am: 8 boats rescued coastguard, 4 boats landed ashore, 2 now on water.

Now: #Greece coastguard still tries to rescue all #refugeesGr boats in greek waters off #Lesvos. ~80% successful.

David Zorrakino wrote:

@PROACTIVA_SERV remolca el primer dingy a Skala Skamineas tras tres días sin desembarques.

Una lancha rápida soltó ayer a media noche a 25 afganos en Kagia Beach. La policía tuvo un trato desagradable con los locales en su ayuda.

El dingy desembarca en la playa de Skala Skamineas con la ayuda de @PROACTIVA_SERV y ya está recibiendo la solidaridad de @team_platanos.

Desembarca otra barca con almenos 50 refugiadas en el Campo de @LighthouseRR remolcada por @PROACTIVA_SERV. Welcome!

El Coast Guard de la Hellenic Navy hoy no está en altamar. En un día soleado y con apenas vigilancia visible, #Lesvos recobra su normalidad.

11.23 de la mañana en #Lesvos. El recuento suma 7 botes en la costa norte de la isla, 3 en Skala Skamineas.

@PROACTIVA_SERV humaniza a la H. Navy. Gritos, disparos y malos tratos propios de una actitud militar se anulan con su presencia.

Skala Skamineas ya cuenta con 2 agentes de la Guardia Civil. Esta mañana "revisaban" con el cuerpo griego los motores de los dingys.

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Feb 3 2016 11:34
Daphne Tolis wrote:
Permission now needed from Piraeus Port Authority for solidarity groups present when refugees arrive. @BrunoTersago https://twitter.com/refugees_gr/status/694825533113245700
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Feb 3 2016 14:33

EU Blackmail worked: Greece to rush for 5 hot spots & 2 relocation camps – but many questions still open

One point in this is Yiannis Mouzalas claiming that in December only 45-60 per cent of arrivals were refugees when in fact around 90 per cent have consistently been from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. I think the implication here is that they're aiming to divide arrivals into 'refugees' and 'migrants' and deport the 'migrants' back to Turkey. It isn't obvious why Turkey should go along with this.

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Feb 3 2016 16:29

Statewatch links on the refugee crisis

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Feb 3 2016 18:04

Σχετικά με τους αλληλέγγυους στους πρόσφυγες στα νησιά

Ποινικοποίηση της αλληλεγγύης και πιστοποιήσεις

Το πλήρες σχέδιο του ΥΕΘΑ για το προσφυγικό - Οι λεπτομέρειες για τα hotpost και τα στρατόπεδα

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Feb 4 2016 18:08

From eumigrationlawblog.eu

Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: the right therapy for the Common European Asylum System?

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Feb 5 2016 11:36

In Greek

Protest march on Saturday against the enforced registration of volunteers and solidarity activists, organised by the Lesvos initiative for solidarity with immigrants (Λεσβιακή Πρωτοβουλία Αλληλεγγύης σε Μεταναστες-τριες). I think this must be in Mytilene.

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Feb 4 2016 21:31
https://mobile.twitter.com/Frontex wrote:

#Frontex increases number of officers deployed on Greek islands to 750, including crews of patrol vessels

237 Frontex officers assist Greece in registering & fingerprinting migrants. Another 28 check for false documents

31 Frontex screening officers currently checking the nationalities of migrants arriving on Lesbos and other Greek islands

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State of play of hotspot capacity

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Feb 4 2016 17:59

«Είστε ανεπιθύμητοι!» Οι πρόσφυγες, η Ευρώπη και η Ελλάδα

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Feb 4 2016 19:03

In Catalan

Sara Montesinos - Impuls als camps autogestionats de refugiats a Lesbos

Laia Altarriba - Calma estranya a l’illa dels refugiats