Another pushback by HCG!

On Monday morning, July 27th, a boat carrying 25 people was trying to cross from Cèsme, Turkey to Chios Greece.

The boat was stopped by the Greek coast guard vessel(make and model: Motomarine Pathner 57 MkII class patrol boat) LS-611, who is stationed on Chios, inside Greek territorial waters. After petrol was removed from the boat, Greek coast guard towed it to the Turkish border and left it adrift.

After a few hours they where eventually picked up by the Turkish coast guard outside Cape Karaabdullah, Cèsme.

From videos received when stopped by Greek coast guard, we can clearly identify several people from the boat, that later can be found in the pictures released by Turkish coast guard, there is no doubt, it’s the same boat!

These violations of international laws and human rights is happening every single day in the Aegean sea, it’s well documented, but Europe seems to be looking the other way. That an EU member state are allowed to violate these laws repeatedly, without any reaction from the EU, seems to be no coincidence. How many innocent people must die before we wake up..

Greek minister obviously lying on international TV!

Greek minister for migration and asylum, Notis Mitarachi, categorically denies that Greece are pushing back boats in the Aegean Sea.

The evidence that tells a different story is overwhelming, the Greek minister is obviously lying on international TV. To think that he don’t know what is going on would be naive, most likely he’s the one giving the orders of these violations of international law and human rights.

Take a look and decide for yourself!

4 People killed in pushback June 29th.

Alleged Pushback believed to have killed 4 people outside Lesvos!

A boat carrying 39 people was reported in distress west of Çiplak Ada, Ayvalik, Turkey. Turkish coast guard picked up 35 people 02.45 in the sea, 4 people are missing believed to be drowned. Rescue operations ongoing to try to find the 4 that is believed to be missing. Nationality, age and gender of the missing is not revealed.

The boat was allegedly stoped by Greek coast guard around midnight last night outside Lesvos north east. Passengers of the boat claims that Greek coast guard took their engine and fuel, towed the boat in to Turkish waters and punctured the boat, before leaving them helpless in the sea.

It has been proven without a doubt that this practice is widely used by HCG, to prevent people from reaching the Greek Aegean islands. If this was the case last night, their actions killed at least 4 people.

When will Europe take action to stop this inhuman illegal practice, when will enough be enough, how many needs to die?

HCG drag boat back towards Turkey.

A boat carrying approximately 30 people, many of them children, in distress outside Lesvos north east. Greek coast guard once again are performing illegal pushbacks, on Europe’s outer border.

Greek coast guard allegedly destroyed the engin on the boat to stop it from reaching Lesvos, afterwards, as you can see in the video, they towed it towards the Turkish border, leaving them adrift, totally helpless.

There is no question that this practice is illegal, and that it’s happening every single day on Europe’s border. How can Europe watch this happened, and do nothing? It seems like Greece has been given a green light from the EU, to continue violating international laws and international human rights, because nothing is being done to stop this madness, are you ok with this?

HCG refuce to rescue people in distress.

June 13th.

Boat with 32 refugees from Afghanistan incl. 11 women one of which 8-months pregnant & 11 children in distress North of Lesvos. They cannot move forward & some are injured. They are waiting for rescue since our first call at 6:34 CET. Greek Coast Guard vessel 080 and others are already at the scene. The people in distress ask for rescue, medical help and international protection.

Denial of rescue is unlawful & puts lives in danger! The Turkish coastguard is present but tells us that they cannot intervene as the boat is in Greek water. We demand immediate rescue to Greece! These scenes of non-assistance and violence at Europe’s Aegean border have to stop!

We call on civil society to raise their voices and pressurise the Greek authorities to rescue. Europe, stop watching people suffer. Human rights are systematically being breached but Europe stays silent.

Update:32 people still denied rescue despite distress situation and reported dangers to their health. Small children and a pregnant woman are in critical health condition, according to the people in the boat. Greek and Turkish Coast Guards leave them alone in the sea.

Refugees forced in to a rubber boat by HCG.

Another pushback video was published by Turkish coast guard, showing three vessels from the Greek Coast Guard while they were forcefully putting people in a rubber boat without a engine, and leaving them drifting at sea.

This pushback happened on Friday evening, allegedly outside Lesvos north, location can not be verified from data in the video, but a boat carrying 36 people was picked up by TCG south of Babakale, Turkey. The facts in this video can not be denied, and we can clearly see how people are taken from the bigger vessel, over to the smaller one, and then forced into the rubber boat, some even thrown in to the boat.

To see coast guard, that should be at sea to protect life, deliberately putting people lives in danger, is shocking. How people onboard these vessels can do this, knowing that they are breaking not only international laws, maritime laws but also Greek laws, is a disgrace for anyone working at sea. There is no excuse that they are only following orders from the Greek government, when they know these orders are illegal.

At some point people in charge of this madnes must be held accountable for there actions, this needs to stop!

All lives matter, regardless of their nationality, religion or color of their skin, we are all equal!

German Frontex interveen after pushback attempt June 4th.

A boat carrying 32 people was in distress outside Lesvos north east this morning. Their engine had been removed by Greek coast guard, they also used their boat to make waves, so that the refugee boat would drift towards Turkey. They where left helpless in the sea, drifting.

People onboard jumped in the sea, and tried to swim the boat towards Lesvos. After hours in the sea German FRONTEX came to their rescue, and towed the boat in to a Palios, Lesvos north east this afternoon. Greek coast guard was in the area the whole time, watching, but refused to assist people in distress, in direct violation of international maritime law.

When will this madness end..

Phusback May 29th.

A boat carrying approximately 40 people that was trying to cross towards Lesvos south from Turkey was brutally pushed back by the Greek coast guard 11.00 this morning.

The Hellenic coast guard vessel Nr 618, who is stationed on Lesvos, stopped the boat inside Greek wathers, destroyed the engine and left the people drifting for hours at sea before being picked up by Turkish coast guard.

A man was injured in his head when the crew members on the HCG vessel used long sticks, hitting repeatedly down towards the rubber boat, trying to damage the engine. Also a white powder was sprayed from the HCG vessel over the passengers in the rubber boat. What this white powder was is unknown, but people said that their eyes burned and some had difficulties breathing properly because their lungs was burning.

In several videos that ABR received, we can also see a vessel from the Turkish coast guard in the background. What their role in this crossing was is not revealed from the videos, but they have in many previous cases been “helping” bosts towards the Greek border. This power game between Turkey and Greece, on the backs of innocent people, must come to an end.

Applaudin Pushbacks!

The Mayor’s of Mytilini, Chios and East Samos issued a joint statement expressing their gratitude towards the coast guard, who bravely is defending the maritime borders, with weapons, against defenseless refugees, unarmed children, women and men, seeking refuge. Is this something people should be proud of, and who in their right mind would applaud these inhuman and illegal actions?


Joint Declaration of Mayors“The Mayors of Mytilene, Stratis Kentelis, Chios Stamatis Karmantzis and Eastern Samos George Stantzos, feel the need on behalf of all the islanders of their Municipalities affected by immigration, to express their gratitude and public gratitude to each and every one of the officers of the Coast Guard who serve in our islands, for the bravery, conscientiousness and self-sacrifice that they show every day during the execution of their mission’s, guarding the sea borders of our homeland and preventing successfully the landing of illegal immigrants on our islands.”

“Successfully preventing the landing of illegal immigrants”, they have already been processed, before they arrive, and found to be not entitled to seek asylum, pushed back by any means possible, without due process.

These right wing Mayor’s is not only encouraging the Greek coast guard, but also applauding them, for breaking Greek and international laws, violating human rights and risking people’s lives at sea. People who are selected to office, and encourage others to break laws, should be removed immediately, they are not fit to govern, they are a danger to society.

The Greek coast guard is systematically removing anyone trying to reach the Greek islands, even people who arrive on the islands has been sent back to Turkey, this is well documented. HCG is acting on orders from the Greek government, to stop anyone who tries to cross from Turkey, by any means possible, even if it’s life treating.

There are numerous well documented cases where HCG is shooting towards defenseless refugees in rubber boats, driving dangerous close in high speed and taking off engines, leaving people helpless drifting in the sea. Even when children drowned as a result of the actions taken by HCG, when a patrol boat outside Mytilíni capsized a rubber boat, nobody was held accountable, there was no investigation, it was business as usual. The incident was filmed by HCG, but the video was never realest.

What these Mayors in fact is applauding, is major violations of the maritime law convention of the UN, international maritime law, the international human rights convention, the Geneva Refugee Convention, EU and national greek criminal law. If the international maritime law still would be executed, which is clearly not the case anymore since 2015, all the officers on these boats involved in these illegal activities would have faced trial at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. It does not matter if the officers on these ships followed orders, since the orders are unlawful and they knew it. Therefore these officers, according to the law, would have to be stripped of their officer’s license, banned from working on ships for lifetime and face criminal charges for attempted murder. Instead during the last 5 years not one of these criminals was held accountable. There was not even one case brought before the court in Hamburg. It seems to be clear that the law does not apply for some of its most powerful members for half a decade now.

The Greek government is counting on that everyone is focusing on the battle against this virus, that they can do whatever they want without consequences, that Europe will look the other way. Hopefully Greek and international news will pick this up, demanding answer, someone needs to be held accountable. Even in times of crisis, we must stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing” (Albert Einstein)

Important news nowhere to be found in media. Why?

There has been a substantial increase in numbers of refugees leaving for the Greek islands in August this year. Compared to last year’s 5,483 departures in August only, there’s been an increase of 299% with the same month this year’s total of 21,870 hopeful refugees who set out from Turkey on their dangerous journeys crossing the Aegean Sea on their quest for a safer and better life.

Only 7,893 of them actually arrived the islands though, yet coverage on the returned refugees is nowhere to be found in media. Why is that?

Why is media only focusing on the increase of the lucky few arrivals – leaving out the even higher numbers of the unlucky ones that didn’t make it to Europe?

Even though the increase of successful arrivals is 152% higher than that of August last year – which is, in fact, quite significant – the numbers of non-successful attempts of crossing the Aegean Sea to escape hell are even higher. But no-one ever mentions that.

The fact that the number of boats stopped – and in many cases arrested – by the Turkish coastguard before reaching the Greek islands has increased by a staggering 496% compared to August last year. How can media and big organizations forget to mention that?

In one month alone, almost 14,000 people have been arrested while trying to reach safety in Europe. What is holding the media back from reporting on such an important issue? Politics? Lobbying? Ignorance?

Sure, there’s often hidden agendas behind media’s behaviour but there’s no reason good enough to keep such important news back from the the rest of the world. Is there?…