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PRESS RELEASE “OPEN THE BORDERS FOR MIGRANTS” EDIRNE, TURKEY

Refugees in Edirne, Turkey

Refugees demand safe passage to Greece

“We don’t want food, we don’t want water, we don’t want humanitarian help, we want to cross the border by the land. We will cross or die here.”

Since 5 days in Edirne, Turkey, around 3000 thousands migrants (mostly syrians but also aghanis, irakis and others) gathered, following a call started on a Facebook page (“Crossing no more”), to ask for the turkish-greek border to be opened for them. They refuse to risk their lives in Aegean sea anymore to reach a european country where they’ll finally be safe, get basic human rights and have a chance to make a life for themselves. People started to move to Edirne last weekend (around the 10th of September) but very quickly the main bus station of Istanbul (Bayrampaşa) where they were all buying tickets and getting on the buses got blocked for them. The police detains them in the bus station itself, preventing them to buy tickets to Edirne. The government declared that now the migrants have to stay in the city where they had been registered on turkish territory. Which means that it’s now officially illegal for them to move inside the country, especially to Edirne. Currently, hundreds of people are blocked in Bayrampaşa otogar in Istanbul. About 1500 people who could make it to Edirne were blocked as well in Edirne
bus station while other 1500 people were in Edirne itself, splited in two groups in different places of the city, waiting for the others to join them and start to walk to the border according to their initial plan.

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