Sixteen volunteers have been briefly detained at Idomeni on Tuesday as Greek police tries to find out who incites refugees and migrants to cross the closed borders of neighboring FYROM.
With enhanced controls on the roads leading to Idomeni camp, Greek police units have been doing paper controls and search in cars, trailers and every vehicle that was trying to reach the camp since the morning. Passports and IDs were double-checked, trunks were opened and trained dogs were sniffing around.
Rumors spread already on Monday evening were claiming that the “borders would open on Tuesday morning” and there were calls to the refugees and migrants to stage again a protest at the border fence. This time there were no leaflets and flyers, the “news” was spreading from mouth to mouth. Allegedly, the protest-organizers were to distribute also molotof cocktail bombs.”
The rumors were broadcast last night by all Greek Television channels (Ert, Mega, Alpha etc).
FYROM was prepared to face the new challenge and had sent tanks at the fence already in the morning. The protest was said to be launched at 11 a.m.
However, except for a handful of young men, nobody else felt the need to join the protest action. Shocked by the massive use of teargas and rubber bullets fired by FYROM police and army on Sunday, the majority of the people in the camp preferred to stay around their tents and to not expose themselves and their children to danger.
In fact, since yesterday, many families decided to leave Idomeni and move to “accommodation centers.”
Volunteers and the “Open Borders” movement speaks now of “massive repression of civic society” of attempted “criminalization of volunteers” while there are some claims that “the detainees were fingerprinted”.
16 volunteers arrested at
5germans 2swiss 1dutch 2austrians 1portuguese 2swedish 2czechs All liberated except 1german
PS My mom used to have a knife to cut greens and vegetables for our meal. No idea, if it was legal or illegal.