Wednesday, 9 March 2016

From Monday, nobody crosses the border. The transit site population is over 10.000, while about 1.000 individuals are at the service station of Polykastro.

Daily tensions persist, but all incidents are resolved without causing issues, just like the protests against the closing of the borders occurring globally. Certain children picked the first flowers of spring, leaving them symbolically on the barbed wire fence.

The rain has made life very difficult in the region. Some individuals have already asked to return to the cities; they have lost hope in the reopening of the borders.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Tensions are ongoing, while small protests are being organized throughout the day. There are estimated to be around 10.000 people in the transit site and surrounding areas, while buses and taxis continue coming in, transporting more and more people. 

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The delays, the harsh conditions, and the hopes and desire of thousands of people have led them to attempt to cross the border through breaking down its “door”. This is an iron door that was put up to create a path in the fence for trains to pass.

The authorities’ response was stun grenades and tear gas. People began to disperse while many children were injured in their attempt to run through the crowd. Many were separated from their families for a little while.

Hundreds of protesters remained near that point in the border for hours after the embroilment.

Fatigue, long waiting periods and hope, all push them to not think of themselves and to disregard their physical wellbeing.

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Δίκτυο Καταγραφής Περιστατικών Ρατσιστικής ΒίαςEuropean Council on Refugees and ExilesEuropean Network on StatelessnessSeperated Children in Europe ProgrammeEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network