Open-border activists attempted to stop a boat from leaving a Greek island Friday when the second shipment of deported refugees departed for Turkey.
More than 4,000 migrants are awaiting deportation in detention camps in Greece. A large number of open-border activists have travelled to the Greek islands to protest the deportations. When the second shipment left Friday for Turkey, a number of activists jumped in the sea in a desperate attempt to stop the boat from leaving.
The deportations are part of the European Union’s deal with Turkey to send back refugees arriving by sea.
Some organizations observing the situation in Greece think the deal violates human rights laws for being “inhumane” toward migrants.
“This is the first day of a very difficult time,” Giorgos Kosmopoulos, the head of Amnesty International in Greece, told the Associated Press Monday. “The EU is forging ahead with a dangerous deal.”
The activists’ efforts to help the migrants have backfired on several occasions. A map distributed to refugees in March lead them to an opening in Greece’s closed border to Macedonia along a river stream. Three refugees died and hundreds were arrested as a result.
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