Turkey opens the gate to release refugees? Greek residents use sticks to stop refugees from landing in clashes with police
[Turkey opened the gate to release a large number of refugees into Europe in conflict with Greek police] in order to put pressure on the EU and exchange for its support on the Syrian issue, Turkey announced release of refugees to the EU. In recent days, a large number of refugees and illegal immigrants have gathered at the Turkish Greek border to try to enter Greece. Greece has closed its land border with Turkey, sent more police and troops, and stepped up border patrols.
On March 1, hundreds of refugees and illegal immigrants clashed with Greek police at the kastanis border port, which borders Turkey in the northeast of Greece. At the same time, hundreds of refugees and illegal immigrants arrived at the Greek island by sea, which was strongly resisted by the residents of the island.
According to the international organization for migration (IOM), at least 13000 refugees and illegal immigrants gathered at the border between Greece and Turkey in recent days.
The European entry administration, the EUs border control agency, said on the same day that it was highly alert to the border situation between Greece and Turkey, and the EU was deploying support to Greece.