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Tear Gas and Shots Fired at Migrants trying to enter Greece, Locals Burn Migrant Welcoming Center

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Greek officials have fired tear gas at migrants trying to cross the border into Greece from Turkey, and have fired shots at boats full of migrants trying to enter the country.

The footage, reportedly taken at sea off the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, showed other officers apparently threatening the migrants and refugees with poles as they screamed and yelled in protest. Contacted by The Telegraph, a spokesman for the Greek Coast Guard claimed to have no knowledge of the video, which was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media. “We can’t make any comment,” he said.

Greek border agents fire warning shots, and tear gas at the more than 150,000 refugees that are lining up at the border.

Locals on the Island of Lesbos burn down a UNCHR Migrant Reception Center.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier this week he was opening up his borders to let the refugees in, stating in a televised message “It’s done, the gates are open. You will have your share of this burden now.”

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TOPSHOT – Migrants sit waiting near the buffer zone at Turkey-Greece border, at Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on February 29, 2020. – Thousands of migrants stuck on the Turkey-Greece border clashed with Greek police on February 29, 2020, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. Greek police fired tear gas at migrants who have amassed at a border crossing in the western Turkish province of Edirne, some of whom responded by hurling stones at the officers. The clashes come as Greece bolsters its border after Ankara said it would no longer prevent refugees from crossing into Europe following the death of 33 Turkish troops in northern Syria. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)

He said his country, which has more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, is unable to cope with a new wave and demands Europe’s support.

Greece has made it clear that their borders are closed, and that they view the massive influx of refugees as a security threat. Military forces have reacted in kind with slight force, using tear gas and water cannons as a deterant.

A stern warning from Greek officials said they would do “whatever it takes” to protect its borders.

From TheHill.com:

Greece was the primary point of entry for asylum seekers into Europe during the 2015-2016 migrant crisis and tens of thousands remain in squalid conditions in crowded camps on the Aegean islands, according to Reuters.

Greek officials have accused Ankara of aiding and abetting the migrants, with deputy defense minister Alkiviadis Stefanis telling Skai TV “Yesterday there were 9,600 attempts to violate our borders, and all were dealt with successfully … not only are they not stopping them, but they are helping them.”

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