Greece accuses Turkey of forcing out naked migrants across the border
Journalists Information Office of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace claimed on Thursday that 92 naked migrants were found along the border with Turkey, some of them with injuries.
They were forced out by Turkish authorities into Greek territory on boats via the river of Evros (Maritsa), it said, citing reports by the Greek Police and the EU border agency Frontex.
The Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi, posted a photo of the migrants and said: “Turkey's behavior towards 92 migrants whom we rescued at the border today, is a shame for civilisation. We expect Ankara to investigate the incident and protect its borders with the EU.”
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The Turkish Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Catakli replied to Mitarachi on Twitter by claiming that the cruelty shown in the photo was in fact inflicted by the Greeks.
Catakli said, in English:
"As you couldn’t find one single case of human rights violation by Turkey, you just seek to expose image of your cruelty you’ve inflicted as if Turkey's done! Spend your time to obey human rights, not for manipulations & dishonesty! C’mon, it’s not big deal; just be little bit civilised!"