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The story of the migrants who were pushed to the #Pazarkule / #Evros border crossing [Video]

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 29, 2020. Migrants are treated as a threat or numbers to get rid of when unwanted, while they simply want to cross the borders to arrive to a place where they might live a decent life.

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The end of a cynical game: Turkish authorities evict people from #Pazarkule

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 27, 2020. The jungle camp of Pazarkule is history. Last night, the remaining people were transferred either to Istanbul or to nearby camps to be held in quarantine for the next two weeks.

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Notes from #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Twentieth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 19, 2020. Since our rotation can no longer be maintained, we only get information about Pazarkule from the refugees who are there. Many people go by bus to different provinces. The arrival of the refugees continues at Istanbul Esenler bus station. Those who stay in Pazarkule cannot even meet their basic needs. We learn that a woman who is in the last stage of pregnancy in the border region has been taken to hospital in Edirne with the support of the citizens’ groups and gave birth at 4 am.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Nineteenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 18, 2020. In the morning we learned that some people were taken to the immigration office, which was 4-5 km away from the area where they were held at the border. In addition, some of our friends who were active in the region explained that the refugees who were brought to the immigration office had no money and needed support for water and food. According to our local friends, they were a group of 90 people and were held at the immigration office without being able to meet basic needs.

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Report from the Turkish-Greek border #Edirne

Edirne. Turkey. March 18, 2020. A group from our Association traveled to Edirne on March 7, 2020, to witness the terrible situation of refugees at the border and to distribute supplies contributed by our volunteers and supporters. 

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Notes From #Pazarkule / #Evros, Eighteenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 17, 2020. Today, refugees are no longer allowed to leave the camp, and all cafés in Karaağaç have been closed. We have heard from our friends in the area that up to 300 special forces were in the area, the administration has announced that this night will be the last day because of suspected corona virus.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Seventeenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 16, 2020. The police, who stopped our car at the entrance of Ipsala, asked if there were any refugees in the car. There are no traces of refugees in the city. The nearby Greek border crossing was active. The customs officers we spoke to said that there were no problems at the border fence.

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#Turkey: Death fasting political prisoner Mustafa Kocak is force fed

Turkey. March 17, 2020. Sentenced to life imprisonment based on the questionable testimony of a police informer, the political prisoner Mustafa Kocak began a hunger strike on 3 July 2019.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Sixteenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 15, 2020. We started the day by passing by Uzunköprü Turkuaz gas station. There were around 80-100 migrants waiting at the car wash section of the station. We have learnt that they were pushed back from Greece. There were some busses waiting to transport those who want to go back to Istanbul. While an officer was trying to convince them to take seats in the bus, other two health officers were distributing clean and dry clothings.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Fourteenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 13, 2020. There were very few migrants in Karaağaç today. In addition to the day restriction for them, we have learned that no more than 200 people will be allowed to leave the side where they’ve been kept, in one day.

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