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Notes From #Pazarkule / #Evros, Twelfth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 11, 2020.  We woke up to a morning as cold as the night we left behind. Around 8:30 a.m. there were sounds coming from the border but we couldn’t distinguish whether they were shootings of guns or gas canisters. Number of migrants at the village center was lower than the previous days. According to what have we heard, those who left the camp yesterday were barred from leaving today. Nonetheless those who wanted to leave the camp have formed a queue around 5 a.m.

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Notes From #Pazarkule / #Evros, Eleventh Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 10, 2020. Karaağaç’s central square was filled with a crowd of migrants early in the morning. There was a long queue of people waiting for the market to open. The counter of the pastry shop was emptied, and the daily bakery supplies were exhausted by early morning. Alongside the migrants that we had established an intimacy with, we had started to develop a general familiarity with this crowd.

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Shootings and Hunting – The Fascistisation of the European Border Regime

Greece. Evros. March 7, 2020. News about people being shot by Greek border guards on the Greek-Turkish land border appear with increasing frequency. 

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#NoBorders: Update from #Turkey

Turkey. March 12, 2020. Following our (Are You Syrious?) reports yesterday on the deployment of two AYS volunteer to the region, we can provide new personal updates from the field.

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Updates from the ground in #Edirne – #Coronavirus Updates in #Greece and #Italy

March 12, 2020. New aggression between Turkey and Greece. Information on measures against spread of corona in Italy and Greece. Still 500 people held on naval vessel in Greece without access to asylum system and in inhumane conditions. Deportations from Germany to Afghanistan.

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Situation on the Turkish-Greek border: racism and despair

Edirne. Turkey. March 6, 2020. Social worker Berfin Ateşmen and human rights activist Leman Yurtsever have been observing the situation of refugees at the Turkish-Greek border on the spot. They declare that the refugees there are left to die.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Tenth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 9, 2020. Our migrant friends who got involved in the conversation have reported the use of plastic bullets and that there are injured people inside including one of them. The injured one was saying: “We are going to pass the border or die. But please do not leave the rest alone.”

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Ninth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 8, 2020. Today we learned that it had become even harder for the refugees to leave the designated area to come to Karaağaç. They are now only allowed to use the main checkpoint. They are also required to give fingerprints and accept bodily checks. The soldiers also take pictures of their eyes. As our friend told us, exists started at 10 o’clock in the morning and went on during the day despite the long queues. Our friends waited two hours in the queue and only after that, they reached to Karaağaç. They were still in a positive mood when we met them there.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Eighth Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 7, 2020. Today, around noon, The Bridging Peoples Association arrived at Karaağaç. As they were not allowed to enter the area where refugees are, they distributed approximately 150 packages composed of basic needs, on an earth road, which is about 1.5 km behind the Pazarkule border gate. On the other hand, we learned that just a few hours ago, Yavuz Selim cult was able to make a distribution in a place that is slightly closer to the area where refugees are.

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Notes From #Pazarkule/ #Evros, Seventh Day

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 6, 2020. We went from Alibey village to the Turkuaz gas station in Uzunköprü, located at a 30 km distance from us. This is the place where the migrants who are sent back from the Greek side are sent to. But we were not allowed to stay here.

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