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article imageTurkish soldiers reportedly turn rifles on Greek border guards

By Katerina Nikolas     Aug 18, 2012 in World
Greek border guards, sent to patrol the Evros border in an effort to stem the flow of illegal immigrants crossing from Turkey, were powerless to prevent two boatloads of illegals entering Greece as Turkish soldiers covered their crossing with rifles.
The account of the entrance of two boats of illegal immigrants to Greece this week makes an absurdity of European efforts to control the porous border. Greek border guards tried to prevent the illegal crossing, shouting to them to stop and return. However, Turkish soldiers reportedly turned their rifles on the Greeks, allowing the immigrants to enter Greece under their protection.
Adesmeytos reported Golden Dawn MP Elias Kasidiaris has tabled a question to Parliament over the incident, noting that Greek border guards have been given no clear rules on how to prevent the entrance of illegals.
The guards face superior fire power by the Turks and Kasidiaris noted Greek border guards are "without arms and with proper support, political and economic." The MP raised the question of why the Greek army is not used to patrol the border, rather than ill-equipped guards.
Ekathimerini report that Greek police deny the incident took place.
Digital Journal reported Turkish authorities are complicit in a plan to send Syrian refugees across the Turkish border into Greece. If the reports regarding Turkish soldiers effectively assisting the illegal crossings are true then this lends further weight to the accusations of deliberate Turkish actions.
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