Greek Coast Guard seized a fishing boat with dozens of Turkish and Kurdish dissidents seeking refuge from Erdogan’s regime in Europe. On board of “Nemo” were 65 people, also refugees from Afghanistan and Iraqi Kurdistan..
According to local news website ilialive, 20 Turkish police officers, 10 Kurds members of PKK, academics, a Kurdish lawmaker and one journalist.
The passengers told authorities that they left Turkey to avoid arrest.
The fishing boat was brought to Katakolo port in south Peloponnese on Tuesday night. It was heading to Italy.
Upon arrival at the port, one of the Turkish police officers revealed his identity, showed a picture on his cell phone wearing him uniform. .
“We are from Turkey and we were police officers. “We have to get out of here,” the policeman told reporters.
Among the group was also a Kurdish journalist who claimed that was persecuted and imprisoned for three years by the Turkish regime.
It is not known whether they applied for political asylum.
In another two incidents on Wednesday, the Coast Guard located two boats with migrants and refugees.
42 people, mostly of Arab descent, were located and rescued in a remote area at Karystos, Evia island.
Another 25 people were rescued off the island of Corfu, west of Paleokastritsa. The boat was in distress. Passengers were taken to the town of Corfu, the boat was confiscated.
Two minors were among the group in Karystos and nine among the one in Corfu.