A family of five were detained in Turkey’s border province of Edirne after they were pushed back by a group of masked men in Greece where the family was seeking asylum.
Bold online news platform reported Tuesday that the group crossed Turkey-Greece border along Evros river and sought asylum at a police station in Thourio village on Apr 28. When they are done with the documentation, they were escorted outside the police station along with some 50 other asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria. Bold reported that the asylum seekers were forced into a van by a group of masked and armed men in military uniform near the police station. The van headed to the shores of the Evros river on the Greek side where the refugee claimants were then forced into boats which later sailed to the Turkish side.
“They blew a siren to so that Turkish border police hear and detain the fugitives,” Bold reported.
Turkish police reportedly detained 5 Turkish nationals while releasing the foreigners. Turkish nationals consist of a teacher couple and their three children.
The incident came two days after another group was pushed back from Greek side in a similar way.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and an ensuing crackdown has left thousands of victims behind. Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against all kinds of opposition.
More than 510,000 people have been detained and some 100,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.
Many tried to escape Turkey via illegal ways as the government cancelled their passports like thousands of others.