On 11 September 2022 we were informed about around 80 people, imprisoned in the Evros region. The people reported to have been seized and robbed of their belongings be the Greek border guards. They had managed to hide one of their phones and established contact with Alarm Phone. They shared their location and sent videos of their prison cell. It turned out they have been held at the Isaakio border guard station. The Greek authorities lied to us and always claimed to not know about the group.
We immediately published the information on Twitter, as we tried to increase pressure on greek authorities in order to prevent another brutal pushback.
We also blurred and published the videos from inside the border guard station:
Due to past experiences we feared the worst. Many different voices over the past months told disturbing stories about attacks and inhumane treatment by Greek border guards in the Evros region. People are detained under inhuman conditions, are robbed and beaten, then driven to the border region, stripped of their clothes and tortured by Greek border guards and militias consisting of third country nationals, most likely migrants themselves who try to find their way out of misery by becoming the henchmen of the Greek authorities.
After a while we lost contact with the people, however, relatives informed us that the whole group was brutally beaten and pushed back. Weeks later, we managed to re-establish contact with one of the survivors, who told us in detail what happened:
Once again, his witness confirms countless other testimonials received from this region. All of them report about an infrastructure of violence and death against people on the move alongside the landborder between Turkey and Greece. It is an infrastructure financed, tolerated and legitimized by the European Union and its cruel migration regime.
In a previous report three survivors of pushbacks at the Greek-Turkish landborder spoke about the same practices and the conclusion remains the same: